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Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.
In the first verse of this chapter of Galatians, Paul tells us never to submit again to a yoke of slavery because Christ has set us free. And yet by verse 13, Paul uses the same words—freedom and slavery—to paint a far different picture.
Paul is not contradicting himself. Christ does set us free, but the type of freedom we have in Christ is not a selfish kind of freedom. It is a freedom that allows us to be bound to each other and to Jesus by loving one another.
MOVING FORWARD: Boundaries in our personal relationships are important. Where is the line between self-indulgence and self-care?