Freedom Is Divine
God is THE model for freedom in relationships. So, freedom is divine.
Consider these thoughts. God is the only one who has complete control and sovereignty. He is all powerful, and everything that happens is part of His infinitely good plan.
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. – Proverbs 16:33
A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. – Proverbs 16:9
Because He is omnipotent, all powerful, He could make us do what He wants, but He models freedom in His relationship to us.
Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know? – Proverbs 30:4
We Tend to Ignore Freedom for Others
God is omnipotent, all powerful; He could make us do what He wants, but He models freedom in His relationship to us.
We, on the other hand, are weak, foolish sheep!
All we like sheep have gone astray… – Isaiah 53:6
We have limited power, even over our own life, yet we spend time trying to manipulate or dominate others in order to get what we want.
Notice the irony. God allows freedom, but we TRY to control (manipulate or dominate) people. God can control, but doesn’t – we can’t control but tirelessly try.
Freedom is divine! When you live in responsible freedom, you act like God.
God Does Not Make Us Obey
God does not force us to do what is right. He does not make us glorify Him, even though He deserves all glory. God does not act as a tyrant giving ultimatums. He invites, offers a better way, gives energy through His Holy Spirit to live that better way AND then allows us to ignore what is right and mess up if we choose!
BUT He never leaves or ignores us. He draws us gently through His love and truth, urging us to make wise and good choices. He desires eager obedience because that glorifies Him and brings us life! What a great model for us to imitate in our relationships. Our relationships would blossom if we would relate to each other the way God relates to us! Freedom is DIVINE!
When control (manipulation or domination) is in a relationship at some point that relationship will become intolerable.
That's because each of us have freedom built into us. When we sense that we are being controlled, we want away from the person that is controlling us. If you are trying to control others, you think it is for the other person's best – and it may be. The problem is it will most often create rebellion rather than good behavior. It is time to follow God's model not ours - freedom is divine!
Freedom Is Divine - Am I Acting Like ME or God?
Since God, who is perfect, allows freedom, what reasons do we have for denying it to our relationships? Instead of trying to manipulate and dominate others, we can accept their freedom. If you want to allow more freedom in your relationships, a great place to start is asking a simple question.
Where is my life not reflecting the fruit of the Spirit?
That is a powerful freedom question, but why?
Because it puts the focus on you doing what is right and leaving others to God.
It is so easy to be an expert at seeing where other people are not reflecting the fruit of the Spirit! But when you live in freedom, it is more beneficial to focus on your own behavior.
God has given us freedom - use it responsibly (Galatians 5:13). Stop controlling others and start hoping, praying, encouraging, and sometimes exhorting and rebuking. It's time to pursue the best for others patiently, kindly, sacrificially and unconditionally.
It's time to trust that God can do a much better work in their life than we ever could.
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