I’m sure you’ve heard the saying. Usually this refers to our military and the freedoms we have in this country because of the lives that were lost in battle.
But that’s not where I’m going today.
Freedom isn’t Free
There is a price
Jesus paid the price for the one who believes in Him. His blood was the ransom. His life was the price.
Some would say that living as we feel, doing what we feel like doing, being what we feel like being is being free. That we can live as we please, but that’s not free. That’s bondage to self, to the man’s desires, not to God’s desires.
God desires that we be holy. That we glorify god and enjoy Him forever.
This means that as we live to please God, we will be FREE!
He gives us the ways we can glorify him in His word, here are some of them:
We are to avoid evil.
We are to avoid immorality and sexual sin.
We are to avoid anger and rage.
We are to tell the truth.
We are to pursue righteousness
The entirety of the law is this:
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
’The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Oftentimes, God’s definition of freedom looks different than our definition.
We want easy.
We tell people, “What ever makes you happy.” We think something will make us happy, but we get to the other side and find that we are just as miserable there, or maybe more so, than we were. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence. In fact most often it’s the same old dry grass, just a different location.
Loving our neighbor as ourselves isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s tough. Sometimes loving someone means telling them something they don’t want to hear. It means telling them that they can’t continue living a sinful lifestyle and claim Christ.
Freedom isn’t Free.
Christ, who deserved none of the consequences of our sin, took our sin to the Cross. In our place.
So where does true freedom come from?
It comes from glorifying God. When we glorify the Lord, we will desire to avoid sin. We will desire to live holy and righteous lives. This doesn’t mean we WON’T sin, this means that it will be our DESIRE.
When we live to glorify the Lord and to avoid sin, we are truly free
If the Son sets you free, then you will be FREE INDEED! (John 8:36)
I’m linking up with Kate over at Five Minute Friday. 5 minutes (more or less, haha) of free writing, no edits on a one word prompt that she gives us each week. Wanna know more?