True Freedom
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True Freedom

 

Some people believe freedom comes through force. We see violence in other nations around the world and at home in our own country. The message of “true freedom only coming through might” is sinking into our society in ways that will have lasting consequences.

Many animals puff themselves up to look bigger and more dangerous than they really are. Many in our society not only believe, but also practice the exact same. The husband who blows up when his wife disagrees with him doesn’t accomplish what he thought he would. The child whose pride makes him stand his ground in defiance when his parent instructs him to sit down and be quiet usually doesn’t end well for the child. Over-and-over again, we see that force and aggression doesn’t always equal victory.

If we desire “true freedom”, it will only come when we humbly submit ourselves to Jesus. The apostle Paul wrote in Romans chapter 6,

“For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.” (v. 5-7)

Just as Jesus spoke of denying self (Matthew 16:24) and Peter wrote concerning the willingness to suffer in the flesh (1 Peter 4:1), Paul exhorted the Christians in Rome to remember their own death to the old self resulting in freedom. True freedom, from the one aspect that we should be concerned with above anything else – sin and the eternal consequences connected to it.

No matter what we see in the world, we must remember that “true freedom” is not found through force or might. Rather, it is given to us as a gift when we, through humble obedience to God, die to self.


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