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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Principle Freedom

John 8:36  (NIV)

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.


Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.


Let us say that a new visitor to planet Earth in welcome is given a cup of coffee. The visitor tips the coffee cup and hot coffee spills unexpectedly to the floor.  The visitor has learned something new, however narrow – if he tips a cup of coffee, the contents will spill to the floor. The visitor is astonished and filled with apprehension and fear. In the vast number of moves he could make, what disasters lurk?  The visitor can only explore the earth with confidence when he realizes that a principle is at work and applies to all situations – that is, understanding to an apt degree the principle of gravity on Earth, our visitor can experience freedom from fear and can enjoy latitude in exploring it. He knows in advance not to step off a cliff.  Understanding a principle – while it introduces an inexorable fact – nevertheless grants inexorable freedom.  Later he will come to learn of other principles and the further interrelationship of principles.   Thus with expanding knowledge, his confidence and freedom--his surefootedness--will be extended. Internalizing a principle (or, as Charles Wesley put it "a principle within") paradoxically brings limitations while concurrently vastly broadening our scope of freedom.

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