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Monday, November 14, 2016

God’s 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, you are truly free.

What this means to me:
Jesus, the Son of God has come and set me free. Because of this, I am truly free.

Our world defines freedom differently from God see it. The world defines freedom as a life without any restraint, it’s a “I can do anything I want to do and say anything I want to say without anybody telling me what to do.” While this may not benefit those around me, I would get to do it my own way. In this view, freedom means being totally selfish.

Yet, John reminds me that the only way to true freedom is through Jesus: “If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free” (John 8:36 GNT).  In this case, real freedom is a freedom from fear, guilt, worry, bitterness, and death. I’m free to quit pretending because I’m free to be myself. The fears disappear by letting God love me! John tells me that “there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18a NIV).

It is only by realizing how much God loves me, is when I can begin to live in true freedom. I truly 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 4:16a).

Since the Son has set me free, today I will examine where I have any existing guilt, worry, or bitterness in my life. What am I holding onto that I need to let go of?  Where am I not letting God love me?  What ways a I not relying on God’s love?