It’s that time. It’s time to focus on the qualities that will bring us into conformity with Jesus. It’s time to see the next to last step of the six qualities of grace that allow us to match steps with the Lord. Here they are again: 1. Unity, 2. Liberty, 3. Authority, 4. Authenticity, 5. Fidelity, and 6. Integrity/Humility. I want to share these in reverse order from the chapter excerpt of my soon-to-be-released book, The Pathway of Grace: Learning to Walk with God. We’re counting down to #1 and today we focus on #2 Liberty. You read and I will look forward to your comments.
To be justified by God is to have liberty. We are living life led by the Spirit of God. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (II Corinthians 3: 17) There is liberty! We are not controlled by anyone else. We don’t have to be told what to do or be encouraged (or nagged) to ‘get with the program’. We are led by God. We are already co-initiating things with God. Husbands, we don’t need a ‘honey-do’ list because we have a ‘honey-I-love-you’ list already working in our minds.
We are already looking for ways we can bless, strengthen, encourage, and love our wives. We don’t have to be told we have to do it. We don’t have to be pushed into it. We have liberty. We have freedom to do it ourselves.
We are not hen pecked. We are not in bondage to the ‘boss’. We are the head so we move like we know what we are doing to love our wives. God wants unity. God wants peace between us and him. God wants liberty. God wants us to move in freedom: the freedom of his grace, the freedom of his love, the freedom of his power in the authority of Jesus. As we like to remind ourselves at home, “we don’t have to, we get to.”
Stay tuned for the final installment to Matching Steps coming up at the end of the week. Remember ‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free’. Don’t let regret stake you to the past. Don’t let unbelief or proficiency in failure pile up to block your future. Let the love of God constrain you to move forward. The Apostle Paul lays out our choices about as starkly as they can be posed: “To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” (Romans 2: 7 – 8)
Go for it! Match your steps with God.