The opposite of free

Quick: What is the opposite of free?

What was your answer? Expensive? Costly? Bound? Enslaved?

How about selfish? Paul suggested that selfish is the dark alternative to freedom in his letter to the churches in Galatia. I agree. My personal experience is that focusing on myself leaves me incapable of appreciating, serving, or loving those around me. Selfish is ultimately a lonely destination.

Here is Paul’s advice on free living. It gives new meaning to the phrase “live free or die”.

My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence? (Galatians 5:16 MSG)

Live free! Love you!

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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