Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.

1 Peter 2:16 (NIV)

As God’s children, we are given the precious gift of eternal life if we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. By His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus paid the penalty of death which our sins deserve. In this act of grace, we are forever forgiven for the sins we commit if we are truly penitent for that which we’ve done wrong.

This kind of everlasting forgiveness can be abused by those who don’t understand the covenant Jesus made on the cross. Some may be tempted to commit sinful acts with the idea sitting in their back pockets that they’ll be forgiven later for them.

God’s forgiveness is not a Get Out of Jail Free card that permits us to sin freely. In Peter’s day, this warning was aimed at those who rebelled against authority, power and government for no other reason than they didn’t want someone ruling their lives. In our day, it still applies to government rule but also in most situations we encounter in our everyday lives. As Americans, we are granted freedoms by our democratically elected leaders, those who wrote the constitution and those who uphold it to this day. Many feel the constitution gives them the right to do as they please.

But the one true freedom is that of our right to submit to God’s rule and to worship Him as we should. That is one freedom worth fighting for and for which we should not take for granted.