Day 1 of 7

Freedom and Character

Galatians 5:1

Preserve Your Freedom

1Freedom is what we have—Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again.



God, teach me what it means to be free in Christ.


Galatians 5:1

Paul brings good news to the church in Galatia, news that we continually need to hear thousands of years later. We are set free in Christ! For these early Christians this meant not living under the Old Testament laws. These laws required following detailed restrictions that had become burdensome and nearly impossible to get right. But Paul says we aren’t slaves to rules or regulations. We have been given a new way to be fully alive through Christ’s death and resurrection.

Even today we get caught under the burden of laws and expectations. We strive to earn God’s approval rather than receive God’s grace. But this verse reminds us that real freedom comes through Christ and is a treasured gift. It is not a list of rules, but Christ alive in us. It allows us to flourish and reach our full potential. It makes us want to live in ways that honor God, because our decisions come from the wellspring of our hearts. This freedom is worth holding onto.


How does Christ offer freedom even within our various trials? For the early Church, freedom didn’t mean living without pain and hardships. They still experienced persecution, loss, and grief. Yet, they were set free through Christ.


Integrate this verse into your day by saying, “Freedom is what I have—Christ has set me free! Stand, then, as a free person, and do not become a slave again.” Recite this verse, owning your freedom in Christ.