“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” – John 8:36
Truly free. Not just an illusion of freedom. Not simply a portion of chains removed; but true, complete, unadulterated freedom.
Miriam Webster’s Dictionary lists the definition of freedom as ” the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action; liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another.”
When I think of freedom, I think of fresh air; the opportunity to live to your full potential, the ability to find peace and joy.
I’m sure that the word freedom brings to mind very different feelings and associations for each individual person. For some people the thought of freedom may seem an impossible dream.
But regardless of your definition of freedom, or your physical circumstances, Christ offers each and every one of us the opportunity to live in freedom.
Where can we find this freedom?
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Truthfulness has to be at the heart of any relationship or organization in order for it to be successful. In my own life, I had to accept the truth about myself and where I stood in my relationship with God. The reality we are all faced with is that none of us are enough on our own to attain the freedom we so deeply desire, it has to come from God.
“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” – Romans 6:14
What a sweet relief to know that we no longer have to live as slaves to sin! Our freedom comes from God and His grace towards us.
Psalm 119:45 says “I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.”
This scripture is a personal favorite of mine. It breaks my heart that so many people I have spoken with believe that Christianity is a long list of restrictions and commands that steal away our joy. How far that is from the truth! I can honestly say that I walk in freedom, because I am devoted to His commandments!
A Life of Freedom
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not grow faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
I love the picture that this passage paints! To be able to physically run and not grow weary is an incredible thought. But the thought of being able to run spiritually and emotionally without feeling discouraged amazes me even more. Discouragement and disappointments can be merciless strength stealers, even more so than physical trials.
I encourage you to wait upon the Lord, seek after His plans, His desires for your life, and get ready to be free!