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Friday, September 5, 2014

God Gives Me True Freedom

In review of John 8:36 it says, “If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free.”

Bottom Line:
If the Son sets you free, then you will really be free.

What this means to me:
When I accepted the Son, he set me free, truly free. However, this world defines freedom as a life without any restraints; its a, “I can do anything I want to do and say anything I want to say without anybody telling me what to do.” With this philosophy I may burn everybody else, but I’d get to do it my own way. And the world supports having your freedom, but only by being totally selfish.

Yet, God’s word tells me that the only way to true freedom is through his Son, Jesus: “If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free” (John 8:36 TEV).

Real freedom is a freedom from fear, guilt, worry, bitterness, and death. In addition, I’m free to quit pretending because I’m free to be myself.

However, fears mentioned above still come into my thoughts. I’m learning that I can get rid of those kinds of fears, by letting God love me! The apostle John teaches that “there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18a NIV).

When I stop and realize how much God loves me, I’ll begin to live in true freedom. In fact, I can really worship God when I recognize that “God is love.” It is an act of worship to agree that he is a loving, caring, generous God and that we can “rely on the love God has for us” (1 John 4:16).  

Freedom in Christ allows me to just be me. I no longer need to pretend or to try and mimic some other worldly lifestyle. Freedom allows me to love others, and to have confidence that God has a good plan in mind for me and my life.