Fruit of the Gospel
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (v. 13)
Paul gives us direction, as free people, NOT to use our freedom as an opportunity for the flesh. This sounds like a new set of shackles if we’re not careful. But it isn’t. He’s really telling you how to remain free. He’s telling us how to begin experiencing our freedom. For you see, “opportunities for the flesh” is a gateway back into slavery. The key to living in this newfound freedom is the Spirit of God. Walk by the Spirit and you will experience, subjectively, what is objectively true of you: that you have been set free.