By Dan North

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

Those who openly and sincerely confess their reliance on Jesus as their Lord satisfy God’s righteous requirements and are spared God’s wrath. Thus, Christians are saved by faith in Jesus Christ. This means the moral calculus which informs Christian behavior does not have salvation as its end. We are free in that we no longer anxiously struggle to justify ourselves by following any morally prescriptive system, an impossible task. But instead of using this freedom to indulge our baser natures, and for no other reason than to respond naturally to Christ’s love for us, we do what is right and what is good for others. Salvation frees us from sin, but the love of Christ moves us to do good works anyways.

Father, fill me with Your Spirit, and let the works of Jesus Christ–His love, self-sacrifice, power to heal and help those in need—let those works by mine as well. Let me be like Jesus; make it so that I do what is right naturally out of my love for Your People.