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Spiritual by Rev. Michael Bryant


In our musings and meanderings about freedom the other day, we had a rather interesting conversation about our struggle to do the right thing – hmmm, this calls for more explanation.


The Apostle Paul, who wrote much of what we call the New Testament, is remembered for his forthright teaching in the Bible as well as his personal confessions. One such place of Paul sharing a serious personal struggle is in the letter to the Romans. His words sound like they could have been my words- maybe even words you have spoken a time or two: “Even though I try really hard to do the right thing, I quite often do the wrong thing. This is a constant struggle within me” [my translation]. He went on to say that he is “free from the law” because of what Jesus has done for him, yet he still has the responsibility to know and understand right from wrong. And even though he knows full well, he still does the wrong thing because “sin lives in me,” he says. This is a huge dilemma for the Apostle Paul and often for you and for me. Martin Luther


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referred to this human condition as “a feud.”


With another Fourth of July in our rearview mirror, we once again look at what our freedom as Americans really means. And in the midst of these conversations about “freedom,” we ask ourselves about the responsibility inherent in what we call “freedom.” Although God has given us the freedoms that come from trusting Jesus as Lord and Savior, we still must show responsible use of that freedom, just as we as Americans are called to be responsible for one another – responsible even for our neighbors across the vast waters. What thoughts about “freedom” have you had lately? Be sure to pray for our military while you are being thankful for all your freedoms. I’ll see you in church, the grocery store, in the bike lane, or around town. You can email Pastor Michael by visiting www.gilbertumc.org.


Rev. Michael Bryant, is senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, 331 S. Cooper Rd. For information, call 480-892-9166.


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