Thursday, July 4, 2013

Galatians 5:13

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another."
Galatians 5:13

This is a day on which we often spend some time rejoicing in and being thankful for freedom, for liberty... for the amazing opportunities that we've been given to choose who we want to be.  And it is indeed a good reason to celebrate. :)  There are so many good things to choose and ways to make the world better.  Happiness is before us, if we choose it. :)
In D&C 98:8 God tells us that we are "free indeed" because both God *and* the law make us free. :)  And then he warns us "Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn."  A similar warning is in the verse above.  We are free, but we can choose to place ourselves back into bondage.  We can choose misery.  ... We get to choose actions, but don't always get to choose consequences. :)
Today, let's use our liberty to choose happiness and continued freedom.  Let's not choose the bondage of sin.  Let's not choose to jump into the chains of an addiction.  Let's instead choose to notice, love, and serve the people around us.  Let's get outside ourselves and find ways to affect the world in positive ways.  Let's choose God, and happiness, and love.  2 Corinthians 3:17 says "where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."  Today, of all days, let's choose freedom.

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