“Free Indeed!” … Through Jesus Christ!

Here’s a couple of very significant Scriptures I’ve been reflecting on this 4th of July – “Independence Day” in the United States…

“For freedom Christ has set us free!  Stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery!” (Galatians 5:1 ESV)

“If the Son [Jesus Christ – Son of God] sets you free, you will be free indeed!” (John 8:36)

“You were called to freedom!  Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the ‘flesh’ [the sinful, selfish desires of natural man], but through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13)

Freedom in Christ – authentic moral and spiritual freedom – comes with responsibility!  Asserting one’s “freedom” through self-will and sinful pursuits lead to terrible bondage!

I’ve been thinking about it all day… The Gospel, powerfully experienced and practically applied would bring real “freedom” and solve all the problems that surround us and have led to the problems we are facing in our nation [and around the world] today!…

  • The profound transformation of the evil in the human heart
  • Love for others in the place of hatred
  • Justice in the place of injustice
  • Reconciliation in the place of Enmity
  • Forgiveness instead of harbored bitterness
  • Acceptance in the place of intolerance
  • Kindness instead of vengeance
  • Blessing instead of cursing
  • Humility instead of arrogance
  • Peace-making instead of violence
  • Redemptive Love that embraces all humanity, regardless of differences, rather than bigotry

I could go on… this is NOT a complete list!  But as a Christian and devoted follower of Jesus, why don’t we make the Gospel with all its power and redemptive potential, our one grand cause in the world?… I think Apostle Paul had it right; he said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, it is the power of salvation to all who believe!” (Romans 1:16)  Don’t know about you, but I’m going to accept the challenge of taking it, sharing it, and living it wherever I go!

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