When we went to the coast for my birthday, I captured some photos of this kite surfer.
How fun does that look?
Except for the fact that the Pacific Ocean off of Oregon and Washington is cold, hence the wet suit.
And except for the fact that holding onto that kite in high winds takes a lot of muscle and upper body strength.
How often do we look at others who are living a life of freedom with envy?
While God's forgiveness from sin and bondage is a work of grace,
to walk in and maintain freedom we have to stay clothed in His righteousness, keep on His armor, clothe ourselves in love and the other fruit of His Spirit.
Maintaining freedom also requires us to be strong in the Lord, strong in His Word, and strong in obedience to Him and His ways.
Freedom is free but maintaining freedom takes some putting on, (a good study is to look up those two words, "put on" in a concordance), and some strength.
The good news?
All is grace.
Even in these things, He helps and enables us to walk in the freedom that He freely gives.