Living A Free Life

I have recently been studying and having conversations about what it means to Live A Free Life. What does it look like to truly be living a free life. What does it look like to be living a life free from any and all baggage from the past or limiting beliefs that keep us prisoner, even the religious baggage that binds us? What does it look like to be free, truly free?

I believe that Jesus lived a completely free life, therefor He is our example on how to achieve this free life that we all desire to live. And Jesus did say in John 8:32 that, "... you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." So we know that A) We can be free, and B) It starts with knowing the truth (the truth about anything and everything can help us achieve freedom)
I've had people say to me, "I just want to be free to do whatever I want to do when I want to do it!" But is that truly living a free life to follow our desires or to do whatever we feel like doing when we feel like doing it? I don't think so. Though we are, in a sense, free to do whatever we want to do when we want to do it, but that is not living a free life when we are controlled by our flesh.

Romans 8:13-14 says, "For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God."

Then in, Galatians 5:14-26 Paul says, "For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love..." So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law (bondage)... But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law (bondage). Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other." 

So in order for us to be living the free life that we so hunger for we should be about living God's way, rather than our way. So doing good or doing the right thing is actually living free. It's about giving ourselves wholeheartedly to the purpose for which we were created, God's purpose. It's about following His plan for us, that would be ultimate freedom, I would suspect. But this is something that we should each be in search of ... The life that God has intended we live ... our purpose on planet earth; to live, to love, to forgive, that is living free!