IDK, how many of your words…match your actions? (precisely)
(If i choose to exercise my free will appropriately, i do so within the framework of specific-protective limitations i.e. compassion, ancient wisdom, e.g., Bible-based agape principles, etc.)
definition of free will: “the capacity and freedom to make our own intelligent choices.”
Is having free will with limits real freedom? Yes, it is! Why can we say that? Limitations put on people’s freedom can protect them. For example, we may exercise our freedom of choice to drive to a distant city. However, would we feel safe traveling on highways where there were no traffic laws, where everyone was free to decide how fast or on which side of the road to drive?
We must humbly acknowledge the truthfulness of the inspired words: “Man’s way does not belong to him. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” (Jer. 10:23) May we never fall into the trap of choosing to rely on our own understanding […]
One of the limitations on our freedom is that we must respect the right that others have to make their own decisions in life. Why? Since we all have the gift of free will, no two […] will always make exactly the same decision.
Remember the principle found at Galatians 6:5 “For each one will carry his own load.” When we recognize that each [..] must “carry his own load,” we will respect the right that others have to use their own gift of free will. [excerpted Treasure Your Gift of Free Will w 2017]
When we misuse/abuse our free will…we can get loaded down/enslaved instead being free. We hurt ourselves and Others. We become slaves to our own preferences, etc. at the detriment of our fellow-fragile-life…we impose, encroach, strip people of their dignity/respect, etc.
The older i get, will be 48 soon…am more aware of my use of free will; i just pray daily (and mediate deeply) that my choices (of words/actions (and study/research so that they are based on accurate knowledge)) big and small are wise and helpful/beneficial (not just to myself, but to all life and the planet). Any of us with a measure of power or authority or influence (even seemingly minute) over others…can burden and hurt, damage IF not “CARE” FULL!
Please excuse me IF this post is not helpful to You Reader:) EnJOY Your Gift of free will today, but please not at the expense of our global family of fragile-life…THANKS!:) (i will “try” my best to do the same.)
3/14/17 @ 12:14 p.m.