Grace is not an enabler of weakness. Early in my life, indulgence hijacked freedom’s definition for itself, and convinced me I was on the road to freedom, all while shackled to weakness. Freedom, however, is self-mastery. Freedom is a mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual fortitude that enables us to effectively live the life we were meant to. 1 Cor. 6:12 says, “I have a right to do anything, but I will not be mastered by anything.” A picture of freedom.

But as Richard Rohr said, to convince someone enslaved that they are free is difficult, but to convince someone who thinks they are free that they are actually enslaved is even tougher. Often times is takes suffering to wake us up. But it doesn’t have to.

The paradox of freedom is that the way to it is the hard road of self-mastery and discipline. The amount of slavery or freedom we experience is based upon which of the two roads we choose to walk… every day.