1 Corinthians 8:9
“But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.”
Anything without boundaries is chaos and not liberty. In order for liberty to reign in one’s life, they must set up boundaries which control. Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” It is possible to leave the liberty in Christ Jesus and return to the yoke of bondage. Therefore, it is important to set up boundaries in your life so that you don’t get “entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
There are those who think that liberty gives the believer the right to do what they want without any restraints, but that just isn’t what the Scriptures teach. The Scriptures teach five boundaries the believer must establish to keep them from being “entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Let me share these five boundaries with you.
First, liberty must not become a stumblingblock to another person. A “stumblingblock” is anything which would be an obstacle to a weaker believer, which would cause them to hesitate or grow in their walk with the LORD. As a stronger believer in Christ, it is your responsibility to never allow any action to cause a weaker believer to stumble in their walk with Christ.
Second, liberty must be controlled by the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” The Holy Spirit is the only One who keeps the believer from using their liberty as a ticket to live like the world. The reason you must be yielded to the Holy Spirit is so that He can warn and convict you of any action that would bring you back into bondage.
Third, liberty must be separated from the world. Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” You will notice this verse talks about being “in the liberty.” If you can be “in the liberty,” it also means you can get outside of liberty. Therefore, there are boundaries which control the believer’s walk to keep them free from the bondage of sin. Does this mean a believer can lose their salvation? Absolutely not! It simply means that your liberty is found by living the separated life from the world. The moment you choose to start living a worldly life is the moment you are entangled again in the yoke of bondage.
Fourth, liberty must not feed the flesh. Galatians 5:13 says, “…ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh…” Feeding the flesh is not soul liberty; rather, it is worldliness and fleshliness. Don’t mistake liberty as permission to do what pleases your flesh. The believer’s soul liberty is living to please the LORD and not living to feed the flesh.
Fifth, liberty must not harm another. 1 Peter 2:16 says, “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.” My friend, be very careful about the mentality that you can do what you want to do. Any action you do to harm another is living in the yoke of bondage and not living in the liberty by which you were set free. If you live the crucified life to please the LORD and to help others, you will never abuse the liberty you have in Christ.