The Accidental Pharisee

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thankful Thursday #5

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. ~ Galatians 5:1 (NASB)

With grateful thanks to Iris at Sting My Heart for hosting Thankful Thursdays!

Galatians 5:1 was the first Scripture verse I ever memorized. At the time I was a brand new baby Christian. I didn't even know there was a book of Galatians in the Bible! That was 28 years ago, and God has been teaching me about standing firm in my freedom for every one of those years.

You see, I was raised in a legalistic church. Yes, I believed in God, but I didn't have a relationship with him until I was 21. And I confess that I brought some of my oh-so-familiar legalistic tendencies with me into my relationship with God. And others encouraged me to keep them--and added more layers of legalism.

But every time I read Galatians 5:1 I remember that Jesus died to give me freedom not legalism.

And for that, I am eternally grateful.

And, with July 4th coming up, I am thankful for our military too. I have two friends whose husbands died while serving in foreign countries. The ultimate sacrifice. I am thankful for their service and their sacrifice. And I am thankful I live in a country where freedom is protected.

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  • happy TT and happy 4th of july. God bless!

    By Blogger Pia, At July 3, 2008 at 1:23 AM  

  • Freedom in Christ too is wonderful. Happy 4th of July!

    By Blogger Renee, At July 3, 2008 at 5:08 AM  

  • Happy TT & 4th. God bless you for sharing your heart with us today. I enjoyed your post.

    By Blogger Laurie Ann, At July 3, 2008 at 7:58 AM  

  • Your post is so sincere and open - straight from the heart. Thank you.

    I appreciate the freedom that Christ has given is a priceless gift!

    God bless you,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At July 3, 2008 at 10:56 AM  

  • Praise God for that FREEDOM!! This was one of my first scriptures to memorize also.

    Oh, how great it is to serve God with freedom and be SET FREE from so much bondage.

    Blessings to you and your family this 4th of July‚ô•

    By Blogger Susan, At July 3, 2008 at 3:55 PM  

  • Thank you Beth...for personalizing
    that beautiful scripture of Freedom in Galatians! I guess we stand together in being thankful
    for our precious military and their families that pay ultimately with their lives that we might live free just like Our Lord Jesus!

    Bless you Beth with an enjoyable
    Independence in Christ not by legalism but by HIM!
    I'm sorry for your friend's great loss but so very thankful by country is protected by such people of valor and sacrifice!

    I'm encouraged by your visit & comment. Thank you!

    By Blogger Peggy, At July 3, 2008 at 4:42 PM  

  • That is just a beautiful scripture! And oh-so true. Your post is so sincere and it's a thought provoking one.

    Happy TT.

    By Blogger z, At July 3, 2008 at 5:36 PM  

  • I was just talking with my husband over dinner about our tendency as Christians to get so caught up in the externals. We are often a legalistic, judmental crew. But not Jesus. He was full of grace and freedom.

    By Blogger Heather@Mommymonk, At July 3, 2008 at 6:49 PM  

  • I love reading your thoughts and verses. We attended a legalistic church as well. I still have old legalistic habits.
    God bless you for sharing your heart.

    By Blogger Shabby Olde Potting Shed, At July 3, 2008 at 8:18 PM  

  • Happy 4th of July. I really enjoyed your TT post. I love that verse too.

    By Blogger SharonB, At July 4, 2008 at 3:07 PM  

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