Freedom vs. entrapment

Every morning, my husband and I wake up, get out of bed, go to the living room, drink coffee, eat breakfast, read, and pray. Lately, I’ve been reading the daily bible verses offered by the website; Orthodox Church in America. Not only do they offer daily bible reading, but also information on what feasts are being celebrated and the saints and martyrs being honored for the day. It’s a bit of biblical history with breakfast and I love it. Here is today’s reading which reminds us that Christianity is a walk toward Christ and away from sin. Why not spend the day, or the next few days, looking at your life through the lens of these bible verse I’ve posted below to see where you could do some clean up work? Not allowing poison into your life is so much better than trying to fight it once it has entered you.

Galatians 5:11-21 (Epistle)

11
And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.
12
I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!
13
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
14
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
15
But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
16
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17
For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
18
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
20
idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
21
envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
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