Wednesday, December 23, 2009

2 Peter 2:17-22

"These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity - for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.

If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: 'A dog returns to its vomit,' and 'A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.'

A man is a slave
to whatever has mastered him
What a profound thought!!
We have freedom,
but with it comes responsibility,
we cannot do everything we want.
So no one is ever completely free in that sense.
If we refuse to follow God,
we will follow our own sinful desires
and become enslaved to what our bodies want.
If we submit our lives to Christ,
He will free us from slavery to sin.
Freedom in Christ results in our ultimate good.

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