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"Free Will" IS a License
10/21/2019 12:00:01 AM by: C.L. Lawrence

      FREE WILL in some circles is a subject of debate and tense discussion. Even as a young person I never understood the debate. Either you have it or you don’t. Free is free. Free is no strings attached. Free means, if you give me something, I can walk away with it owing you nothing. (“Thank you” would be nice, but that’s about courtesy and gratitude, which is a different matter entirely.)  As soon as you place a “but” or a contingent in the definition, then the concept of “free” no longer exists.

        These days you see “Free” all over the place. “Free Trial.” Whatever it is, is not free because in order to get the “Free Trial” you must give your email address (cost) so they can bombard you with stuff to sell you later. Or, you must give your credit card information (cost) so that if you opt out of the subscription, you can be charged for the usage during the “Free Trial.” Read the fine print.

        To some people “Free Will” is a concept limited to simplistic choices like, vanilla, chocolate or strawberry. OK, you won’t get into any trouble with that. But, when you elevate the conversation to the level of spirituality, it takes on a very different flavor, a different dimension of understanding.

        The misunderstanding of freedom, free, and “free will” within the context of spirituality is a major roadblock to blessedness. Let’s begin with understanding “free.” There are many eloquent definitions online, but I’ve chosen to use simple idioms:

  • free, (Informal) without charge: The tailor mended my jacket for free.
  • free and clear, (Law) without any encumbrance, as a lien or mortgage: They owned their house free and clear.

Now, here’s where the controversy begins, yet the rebuttal is simple:

  • “You just can’t go about life just doing whatever you want to do.” ……. “Yes, you can.”
  • “You can’t do anything you want to do and expect no consequences.” …….. “Yes, you can.”
  • “You don’t have a license to sin.”  …….. “Yes, you do.”

        The 3rd bulleted comment (… license to sin.) I’ve always found particularly illogical. Free Will absolutely does, indeed, grant the freedom (or “license”) to choose “better” or “worse,” “good” or “bad,” right” or “wrong.” It does not, however, in any way, suggest freedom from the responsibility and consequences of choices.  The operative word is “choose.”  The operative concept is “choice.” The fundamental principle is Cause and Effect.

Freedom does not come with a price; it comes with RESPONSIBILITY.

Responsibility is the deal breaker in every mature choice.

        “Free, Freedom, Free Will” is not the issue. Responsibility is the real issue, and, if you miss that, you’ll miss the whole life of blessedness.

        We have both, Free Will, AND, the responsibility of how we handle this power. Let me illustrate it this way. On every level, freedom is the same. You sow what you choose to sow; then you reap what you sow.

        I spent time on that to bring us to this point. When you exercise your freedom, your Free Will for good, and right things, then you set in motion at least three spiritual laws: (1) The Law of Reciprocity, (2) The Law of Attraction, and (3) The Law of Cause and Effect. God has given you Free Will and the power to use it. Use it to make choices that are good for you and those around you.

        ARE YOU WAITING FOR GOD TO TELL YOU WHAT TO DO? Newsflash!  God is waiting for you to decide what you want to do with the God given talents, abilities and desires divinely woven into the fabric of you. You’re waiting. God’s waiting for you. Year after year nothing’s moving. Hmmm. If you’re young, one might understand your hesitation. If you’re not young, then, babe, you need to make a move. It’s almost over as soon as we get here. (Get it?)

        Don’t get hung up on the negative vibes people put out there about Free Will being a license for sin. Free Will is power, and you can use your power for good. Use your Free Will for good and good is what it shall be. Good will come to you. Blessings will come to you. Exercise your Free Will in the nature of God, then that which is of God’s nature (peace, abundance, joy, happiness, ….) will come to you.

       

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Midge From Piscataway At 10/25/2019 5:37:27 AM

That chart said it all going to use that

 

 


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