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The Value of Freedom

We recently celebrated the 4th of July, the commemoration of the day our country shed the shackles of England and became its own nation. Most of us celebrated with hamburgers on the grill and swim parties. How many of us truly stopped to remember the cost incurred for the freedom we enjoy? The cost of our freedom was great. Twenty-five thousand Americans perished during the Revolutionary War.

The cost of grace, of God’s forgiveness of our sins, is also of great magnitude. It cost him the very life of His Son, Jesus. I Corinthians 6:20 tells us we “we were bought at a price.” Yet how many times do we accept this grace as cheap and inconsequential? How we respond to God’s grace shows how much we understand its value.

We cheapen His grace when we accept forgiveness with little to no plans to change our future behavior and mindset. James 4:17 says, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” Sin is disregard for God’s Word. To ask for and accept forgiveness without fully intended to change your behavior is a blatant disregard for the cost of Jesus’s sacrifice.

Let’s not be foolish, like the dog that returns to its own vomit (Proverbs 26:11). When we repent and confess, it should include full dedication to living God’s way and an all-out pledge to bear the load of discipleship.

Let’s remember that freedom isn’t free.

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