We live in a time when immorality is championed as personal freedom. For those of us striving to grow in virtue, we longingly look back to the good old days when sexual sin and temptation was not lurking around every corner.
However, when you look to St. Paul’s letters, we get the sense that our struggles are not so unique for our time, and all the more, Paul’s words should be a very relevant warning for our times.
“For you were called for freedom, brothers. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love… Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:13, 19-21
It’s important for us to read through that last slowly. The purpose of this post is not so we get to sit on our high horses and condemn the ancient and modern sinners. All of us are called for freedom. Freedom from sin and freedom for love. This is a battle that all of us face.
Where have we given into these works of the flesh? Heed Paul’s words. Look to our own souls. Get to confession.
“I am the lover of purity and the giver of all holiness. I seek a pure heart, and there I shall rest.”