Freedom is liberty within bounds: liberty to obey. … True . . . liberty never sets us free to indulge our lusts or to follow our fallen impulses. (A. W. Tozer, 20th century pastor and author)

On this 4th of July holiday, we celebrate the freedoms and liberties guaranteed to Americans by the battles and acts of our forefathers. Tozer reminds us that there are limits to our freedoms. He describes the purpose for good laws. They are “to serve mankind [and] to develop to the full all the latent possibilities within our … natures.” Free to serve—what a noble thought!

For you have been called to live in freedom, . . . [U]se your freedom to serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)