Called to Liberty — Galatians 5:13-18
In this whole letter to the Galatians, Paul has particularly focused on the dangers of bringing a legalistic form of religion back to these new believers. Opposed to a law-based means of justification, Paul has drawn a line stating the fact that Christianity has a faith-based means of justification. Now, briefly, he turns his attention to the other great danger: license. Believers, saved not by law but by grace, do not have a license to sin with impunity!
No, believers are called to be free but that freedom is a freedom into service in the Kingdom of God. We are called to walk in the Spirit, to neither fall prey to those who would tell us we need to do more than trust in Christ to be save nor allow our freedom to satisfy our base desires with a license to satisfy the lusts of our flesh. In other words, we realize our complete inability to come to God with any righteousness to show we deserve God’s mercy. His mercy comes despite our lack of righteousness. In addition, after obtaining mercy, we do not despise it and live however we please. Instead, we find joy in the freedom of seeking holiness and fulfilling the law by loving our neighbor as ourselves.