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What is ethics?....continued

Freedom

Another root of Christian ethics is freedom. We are set free through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Gal 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

This freedom of which we talk is not license but the liberty to be free from slavery to sin. It is the liberty that frees us to serve God, as we should. The freedom that this relationship grants is to serve God as a friend, as one who is in daily contact with the Master. Romans 14 is a chapter that gives understanding to the Kingdom laws of liberty and love.

Rom 14:4 Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
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Rom 14:12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Rom 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.
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Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
Rom 14:18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
Rom 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

A godly man once said that grace is to love the Lord and do what you want. This at first appears to be license; however, on closer inspection we must acknowledge the following.

1. To truly love God means that we will do what pleases God.
2. Jesus points out, "If you love me you will obey my commands".
3. Freedom comes through relationship, a love relationship.

Therefore obedience is the natural response and consequence of the freedom that comes through the loving relationship we have with Jesus Christ. This freedom grants the Christian two opportunities:
1. To make choices and to follow what we believe that God has said to us.
2. To gain the revelation of the absolute truths of God and the spiritual principles on which the universe and life are based.

Index to the topic

What is ethics?
A definition
A deeper definition of ethics
A deeper definition of Christian ethics
Why should we bother about ethics
The root of Christian ethics
    a) relationship
    b) freedom
    c) love
    d) responsibility
The Bible in Christian ethics

Other Material
1. Ethics by David J Garrard

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