Let’s talk a little bit about freedom this week. I’m referring to the freedom afforded all of us through Christ. There is something quite liberating when you know or realize that you have been "set free." Have you ever thought about what that really means? The word release comes to my mind. Some claim relief is how they understand it. However you want to describe it, I think the revelation of Jesus as Lord and Savior removes a lot of barriers and obstacles and yes, burdens, that we as human beings place upon ourselves. That’s why I believe as people initially come to Christ, they are overcome by a fresh perspective about life; an enlightened one. It has brought many of us to tears.
In a real sense, addictions are withstood, hurt feelings are healed, guilt is removed and insecurities conquered when Jesus enters the picture. One of the biggest things that happens when Christ enters your life is that fears are conquered. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we all have fears. I know I do. It can be the fear of being alone, of being humiliated, of being exposed or ostracized or even the fear of dying. The knowledge of Christ in all of these situations cancels those fears. That’s what I believe people mean when they say set free. That’s how I’ve come to understand real joy. In that context of spiritual awareness being blood bought and saved, I have been set free from fear, anger, greed, selfishness and even self doubt.
These things have hopefully been replaced with honesty and integrity, hope and truth, the promise of everlasting life and yeah I know, above all love. One of the hardest things to understand in this life, and then act upon, is this love yourself thing. God even commands us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Without Christ in your life, I believe that concept of self love can sometimes be distorted and in many cases become perverted. Love with humility is an awesome thing. When love is set free within you, life takes on a whole new meaning. You no longer have to live in the shadows of pretense; rather, you can now live in the light of truth. I can be who I really am; the person God made and so can you. Then the world will see you as God sees you and not who you think it ought to see. I am who God made. If that’s good enough for God, then certainly it’s good enough for anyone who wants to deal with me, including you. I am free and it is wonderful. Freedom is my gift from God paid for by Jesus Christ. Know the truth and the truth shall set you free. You are not what the world would have you be. You are what God made you to be. "Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God." 1 Peter 2:16.
May God bless and keep you always, James