Read 1 Corinthians Chapter 7. After reading the Chapter, read the following to help you dive deeper into the Chapter. Conclude in Prayer.
“For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave.” (v22)“I am a slave of that affair to which I am bound. For I know that it is written that whatever one is conquered by, to that he is delivered as a slave…. Who will free me from this most unseemly slavery except him who said, “If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” ORIGEN
"He who is saved from sin is truly free.... Anyway, even a free man is actually Christ's slave; For being set free from God is the gravest of sins." ABROSIASTER
“You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.” (v. 23)
"Buying a slave, although his master owns his body, yet he cannot have authority over his inner depths; whereas the Lord Christ has bought us by His blood to set our inside free." -Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty
What am I a slave to? Can I truly call myself a slave to Christ? What does that mean?
"Those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as those they did not possess...for the form of this world is passing away." (v. 30)
"Although the believer should live his life with all its grieves and joy, buying and selling, etc. yet it is not befitting of him to put his heart in these things, and become their slave, but keep his heart lifted up towards heaven; with the understanding that all events are temporal and temporary." -Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty
How can I keep my heart free for Christ while engaging in necessary worldly affairs?
"Jesus, I am a slave to so many things, I cannot even count them. Open my eyes to see who my masters are, and forgive me. Deliver me from this world which is passing away. Let me keep my eyes on heaven, even my physical eyes. Be my Master and Savior. Set my inside free as You came to do. "
Posted on Fri, January 27, 2017
by Mathew Shehata