Monday, 20 September 2010

The great paradox

"It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows. For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom."

(The Bible, MSG)

Our world has alot to say about "freedom" but never this: that the true freedom Jesus gives is not about setting me free to live as I please, but rather setting me free from the inward compulsion to live selfishly and so enabling me to live for the benefit of others.
Much is also said in Hollywood about "love" but rarely this: that true love is service - a laying aside of my needs or wants for the benefit of the other.

To a world of many words but little wisdom, Jesus said, "There is no greater love than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends."