We’ve been saying that life can only exist and thrive in an environment of love and liberty. Yesterday we looked at how all of life flows from love. God created life because he loves.
Today let’s look at liberty or freedom.
For mankind to be able to genuinely love, there must be the freedom to love. In Genesis we see that God gave Adam and Eve the freedom needed for them to love. They had the freedom to choose, and therefore to choose to love God (or not).
Genesis 2:16-17. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Without liberty, love and life will erode. We will become shadows of what we are meant to be. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but we will see this when we look more closely at Genesis 3 and the fall of mankind.
This is one of God’s fundamental principles: love cannot exist apart from liberty. Don’t we know this to be true in our relationships? The more controlling and manipulating you become, the fewer liberties you give, the less that other person will love you.
Galatians 5:1. For freedom Christ has set us free.
God is not about taking away our liberty, just like he is never about taking away love. In the life of Christ we actually gain full liberty and freedom. If “to live is Christ,” then to live is to live in freedom. The freedom to love genuinely, from the heart. The heart of Christ himself.