Monday Morning Encouragement - True Freedom
"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. "
Today in America we celebrate Memorial Day, a day set aside in our nation to remember and honor the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom: the sacrifice of their lives. This thought should sober us, and cause us to gratefully cherish the freedom for which they gave their lives.
There is another even more important freedom that we should consider every day. For everyone who follows Jesus Christ has freedom in Him.
Freedom in Christ. What does it mean? When we repent of our sins and receive Christ as our Savior, we are no longer a slave to sin, and are free to live within His grace embrace. No longer afraid to approach a holy God, we come to His throne room as a favored child enters her father's study; without fear of reproach. The Lord's love is unconditional and will never diminish. Nor will it increase. Nothing we do can make Him love us less, or love us more. God's love is never dependent upon our performance. His love is simply constant and thoroughly ours through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Knowing this should cause us to honor our Savior by being careful not to use our freedom to indulge our sinful nature. We're not free to be a stumbling block to others by the way we live. We are free to glorify God by thinking of others and how we can lift them up and encourage them. No longer bound by the selfish way we lived before we received Christ, we now are free to live the life of love He longs to give us.
This is true freedom.
I love you, I'm thinking of you, and I'm praying for you.