Hi all! Another week, another outfit - it sure is fun having new clothes! I seem to be going through a season of updating my wardrobe. Happily, my closet loses a few old clothes when new items go in. I'm not sure if the number of things going out is quite the same as those going in, but I try my best. ;)
The new piece I'm sharing today is a graphic print tee featuring one of my favorite colors - mint! Casual but classy, this tee is a great addition to my options for spring and summer. It paired well with my new maxi skirt (already a comfy favorite). A lace vest added an elegant, somewhat bohemian touch, as well as a teensy bit of warmth.
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Confession time - I'm not perfect. Oh, you already knew that. ;) Part of the Christian life for you and me is a daily struggle with sin, as we do, say, and think things we are later ashamed of. Our God is gracious to forgive us and help us to grow. In the midst of grace, however, we must be careful not to give way to a wrong way of thinking though. What I'm talking about is the area of Christian liberty.
Yes, as believers we are not under the law. We certainly won't lose our salvation or knock off points with God every time we sin - He forgives! This still doesn't make us free to sin it up. In Romans, the apostle Paul wrote about the new life we live in Christ:
"What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life."
It's obvious that bold disobedience is wrong. What about more subtle thoughts though? "God is gracious and He isn't a big meanie in the sky, so I'm not going to cage myself in a set of strict rules!" Standards slip with our media intake. The language we use becomes rougher. We start going to places and doing things that "old-fashioned" Christians would disapprove of. We treat others with bitterness, or watch them wallow in their own sin.
Living in the world is not easy, and never has been. Sin saturates everything around us, and it's hard not to let things go in our lives. I know I'm guilty of this. At the same time, we are called to be salt and light, and not to let our "salt" become tasteless (Matthew 5:13). Furthermore, look at what Galatians 5:13-14 says about freedom and love:
"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Living for Christ is a serious matter. Glorifying God and being a light to the world are serious privileges given to us by the Lord. This week, I challenge us to take this to heart and think about places where "Christian liberty" has become an excuse for sin in our lives. Thanks for reading!
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him