Freedom and Consequence
Freedom can be a tricky thing. In this great country, the United States of America, we live and breathe freedoms the rest of the world would(and have) died for. Here we often take for granted the Freedoms we have and tell ourselves that we deserve them for this reasons or that one.
It’s a beautiful thing to have the Freedoms we are given, but because I am free to do anything I want here, doesn’t mean I should do everything I want.
We are children in Gods eyes, no matter what our age may be. Infant to elder, we are His children. So when my 2 year old, a free American, wants to grab the hot stove or stick his toy in the electrical outlet, he is free to do so. This doesn’t mean he won’t get burned or suffered, he just has the God given right to do it, but not without consequences.
For some reason I see a lot of people boast about their Freedom to do this or that. I’m not going to lie, I’ve done it myself. We say things like “I’m my own person and I’ll do what I want, when I want because I can.” What we fail to remember is that when we are focused on what we can do because we are “free” is that everything thing we do has consequences.
You are free to go get drunk, but the consequences for your actions will 9 times out of a 10 end with you in much more pain or regret than how you started out before you got drunk.
You are free to make bad choices, but you are also free make good ones. Don’t let that devil tell you there is only one way to respond to situations. God says I can bless those who curse me, and the consequences for blessings is a lot better for me than the ones for cursing others.
Usually the tendency to make a choice in the wrong direction is guided by a selfish view point. We forget that the choices we make affect everyone in our lives. We tell ourselves they don’t care or notice but they do. God loves us. One way He loves us is through the people in our lives. He doesn’t want division from your loved ones. He wants peace, joy and love for you in your family and friend networks.
God’s view of Freedom and Consequences
In 1 Corinthians 6:12 (NLT), it says:
“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.”
Again in 1 Corinthians 10:23-24(NLT) it reminds us:
“You say, “I am allowed to do anything” —but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.”
God loves you and wants the best for you. You are free to do anything but when God tells you you should probably not do something, it is not out of a because He’s the boss and you must obey Him view. It comes from a Father looking out for the best interest of His child.
When my 2 year old wants to touch the stove or try to electrocute himself, I’m there with my big, mad daddy voice telling him no, possibly with a swat on the butt and a time out session to follow. But after a time out, when he’s inconsolable after getting disciplined, I’m right there after to pick him up with a big hug and kisses, telling him I love him.
That’s all I got for today. Comments are always welcomed here on Godmebeer.
Have a blessed one!