Relationship Goals (Week 3) - Danny Howard

What you do with your liberty can put you back in captivity.



One of the things that we love about being Americans is our freedom.  We even take a day to celebrate that freedom with parades, hot dogs, hamburgers and blowing stuff up.  Our freedom brings with it a mindset that says, "I do what we want." While it is true you and I are free to do what we want, our freedom plus our choices equals either a positive or negative outcome.  Paul warns us in Galatians 5:13 - "For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love." 

Will our free choices lead us to more joy and satisfaction or captivity? You see, we are: free to buy stuff, if we choose to spend all the money we want on our credit card, that will lead to a mountain of debt; our students are free to learn, if they choose not to study all semester, then they will find themselves in summer school or being held back; we are free to be drive anywhere, if we choose to drive under the influence, they will revoked our driver's license; we are free to to own a gun, if we choose to shoot it in public, they will put us in prison; we are free to surf the web, if we choose to surf porn sites, we will be stuck in a habit that damages our ability to have real relationships. However, we are free to choose God's best for us in the areas of our relationships and reap the benefits of open, honest, intimate relationship that God designed us to enjoy.

In week 3 in our Relationship Goals series our bottomline is: What we do with our liberty can put us back in captivity. When it comes to relationship goals its not having a sex drive that is the problem, its letting sex drive. God designed us to desire sex and relationship. We are free to choose God's best and to save sex and our sex drive for our spouse in marriage.