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The truth about freedom

Most of us think freedom is the right to decide our will. For example: freedom of speech, how we parent, where we live, the right to bear weapons, what we do for fun, who we hang out with, etc. Freedom to us is deciding these things on our own. 

Freedom is the power or right to speak without restraint; the absence of subjection to tyranny; to not be enslaved or imprisoned. 

To live in true freedom, we must first hear the Gospel. Romans 3:23 says we all are sinners who fall short of the glory of God. No one is an exception to needing God’s grace. Believing Jesus died on the cross to save us, frees us from sin’s control and allows us to repent. 

Repentance provides victory over sin. Romans 10:9 says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

Hearing the Gospel, believing it, repenting of sin and making a confession of faith leads to true freedom. Only then are we able to discern and live out God’s “good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). 

God’s will for our lives gives us more freedom than the tyranny of sin.

John 8:31-32 says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Jesus is the truth; real freedom is eternal life. Only Jesus can free us from the bondage of sin and lead us into the freedom of eternal life with Him. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). 

Jesus does not give us freedom to do as we wish while present on Earth, but the freedom to follow God’s will. As we seek God’s perfect will for our lives, His perfect truth frees us of our own self-deceptions as well as Satan’s. 

Reflect:

  • Do you live in freedom with Jesus? In what way? 
  • What is one thing you’re doing to follow God’s will? What is one thing you need to start or stop doing?
  • Have you stepped into the freedom of a relationship with Jesus? If not, you can do it today.

If you would like to talk with someone about your relationship with Jesus, stop by the Care Room at your campus on Sunday, or connect with someone here.

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