We are gearing up to celebrate our nation's independence. I was thinking about a saying that I read, "Freedom isn't free". In order to enjoy freedom, it cost someone. It is never free, it comes at a price. Someone gave their life, someone made a sacrifice, some one went beyond the norm, someone took the brave path.
This is true of our "spiritual" freedom as well. In order for us to be able to enjoy freedom from sin-- its stronghold over our life, its wages and its punishment, its bondage-- someone had to pay a price. That someone was Jesus. The Son of God died on the cross in order to "set us free".
The thing about freedom is that it can be taken away. We see that happening in our own nation. The freedoms that we have always enjoyed-- freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc. -- are slowly, but surely, being taken away. The difference between the freedoms that we enjoy on a physical level and the ones we have on a spiritual level is that the ones we have received through Christ Jesus cannot be taken away. No one can take it from you. It can however be relinquished. You can give it up. You can be "entangled again in the yoke of bondage" if you so choose.
Are you? Are you letting sin "reclaim" the territory of your life it once occupied? Are you letting it put you in bondage again? Are you allowing it to master you? You don't have to let it. You have been set free indeed-- completely liberated by Jesus. Stand fast therefore in that liberty. Look to Jesus the One who gave you the freedom and the One who will help you hold on to it.
Have a great day. Freedom didn't come free. Don't relinquish it.
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