Hello! We are in our third week studying in depth the theme of freedom through the word. During the first week we were talking about how God has called us to be free in Him. We were also learning some tips about how we can memorize the word of God to be recorded in our hearts. Today, in our third week we will be talking about the verse in 1 Peter 2:16 and how we should use our freedom granted by God.
Live Free and Serving God
1 Peter 2:16 says the following:
Live like free people, but don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Live as those who are serving God.
We know what freedom means for those who have been saved by grace. God sent his only Son to give His life for us, to make us free from sin. Now, Once we have been rescued and redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus and His blood shed on the cross, what is it for us to do with that freedom?
The word teaches us that we should NOT use our freedom as an excuse to do wrong. On the contrary, we must use that freedom to serve God in a good way, willingly and passionately. We are exhorted to use our freedom wisely.
To use our freedom wisely implies that we must submit ourselves under the powerful hand of God and in obedience to do His will. Therefore, our freedom should not be used to rebel against God. We are freed from sin, but say the word that we are servants of God. Before we were ruled by sin and the enemy of souls, but now we are ruled by God.
What does it mean to be a servant of God?
The word records in Isaiah 42: 1-4 that God choose a servant in whom his Spirit would dwell and who would bring to this world a true judgment. Thus the verses say:
“Here is my servant,
the one I support.
He is the one I have chosen,
and I am very pleased with him.
I have filled him with my Spirit,
and he will bring justice to the nations.
He will not cry out or shout
or try to make himself heard in the streets.
He will not break even a crushed reed.
He will not put out even the weakest flame.
He will bring true justice.
He will not grow weak or give up
until he has brought justice to the world.
And people in faraway places will hope to receive his teachings.”
We are also servants of God here on earth. If we are free by grace, then we can do right doing good works as God expects of us. Says Colossians 3: 23-24, In all the work you are given, do the best you can. Work as though you are working for the Lord, not any earthly master. Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, who will give you what he promised his people. Yes, you are serving Christ. He is your real Master.
Isn’t that amazing? Christ is our real Master, and we are serving Him now! Live like free people, doing good works!
“Freedom”Bible Study – Week 3
In week 3 of our bible study, we had the opportunity of doing some bible journaling. Here’s what I did with the verse of the week: 1 Peter 2:16
Materials used for this entry: Illustrated Faith Pen, Washi Tape, Illustrated Faith Die Cuts, Stamps, Tabs and Watercolor Painting.
Are you planning to do some bible journaling for 1 Peter 2:16 this week? Come on! Try it! – I’ll see you next week in our week 4th of the Bible study. There will be surprises!!!