Galatians 5:13: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

Thanks to God there is freedom. God is a freedom-lover. In His realm every creature is free. We are well-advised to approach Him to explore what freedom is all about. The first thing I noticed, to be free does not necessarily mean we are lawless.

Exploring the laws of nature we quickly become aware that every system is fine-tuned. The universe contains organized structures on different scales, from small systems like the earth and our solar system, to galaxies that contain trillions of stars, and finally extremely large structures that contain billions of galaxies. Planets of any given solar system orbit the Sun.

Thanks to the way our home planet Earth orbits the Sun, our terrestrial days are 24-hour sequences. Plants use the sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water to produce the lush green pigment chlorophyll while generating oxygen as a byproduct. Land mammals breathe in the oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, which plants in turn use to synthesize foods – a beautiful partnership of vegetation and land mammals.

This is just a little tidbit of information illustrating there is an underlying law in everything we see. Without an underlying law there wouldn’t be a universe to begin with – and there would be no lifeforms to give freedom to.

Just as the laws of nature promote life on Earth, the law of love promotes freedom. Constantly catering to our own needs and urges is like a vortex that sucks us in. Needless to say, we won’t see the end of trying to satisfy ourselves. Our world gets smaller and smaller and we become enslaved to our own ever-growing demands. That’s the opposite of freedom, called “hell”.

God’s command “Love your neighbor as yourself” is our ticket to freedom, and we are encouraged to be super-generous with our love. Contrary to seeing our resources dwindle as we give them away, the more love we give, the more our love increases. Once we realize how invigorating it is to give, we won’t stop sharing. Serving one another is truly freeing – and it is to freedom that we all have been called.

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