Freedom is something we all want.
But what is freedom?
God’s heart for us is to be free. He gave us free will and desires relationship with us in freedom. He’s not looking for “religious robots.”
But here’s the thing… we’re all infected with a “virus” called sin which restricts our freedom.
We’re born with it as a consequence of Adam’s fall. When he used his free will to rebel against the authority of God it was as if he’d been “infected with sin.”
We’re easily imprisoned by sin. It brings destruction, broken relationships and eventually spiritual death. It’s symptoms are evident all around us.
We need to be delivered from our “virus.”
Jesus did just that. He took the consequences of our sin for us on himself… separation from God and spiritual death.
But death could not hold him. Three days later he rose from the dead. The spiritual consequences of sin had been defeated. My part is to sincerely repent and receive God’s forgiveness.
At the point of genuine repentance a miracle happens. The Lord changes our hearts. It’s called being “born again.”
We’re not “sin free”…show me a perfect Christian… there are none… but our the motivations of our hearts change and our lives begin to change.
By the grace of God, through faith in Christ we are restored to the original freedom of relationship that He first intended to have with him and those around us.
Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
- Mark Saunders