Has your freedom to live your life, the way you want, cost you anything?
Growing up, we learned in History class that our freedom was not free. It cost the lives of thousands to have the liberties we do in the United States.
If we take it a step further, we’ve learned through Christ, our freedom from the guilt of sin was not free either. Freedom from sin is a free gift to those who believe in Christ. However, it cost Jesus Christ His life to give us forgiveness from sin and the gift of eternal life.
But today, we want to talk to you about another kind of the freedom. The kind that we take so liberally to live our life the way want. The freedom to do what we want, and say what we want; not realizing what it may cost us in our relationships, in our finances and even in our health.
Many of us couldn’t wait to be 18 to get from underneath our parent’s roof; having the freedom to do our “own thing.” However, that freedom has cost many of us everything. From, financial ruin, to damaged relationships, and poor health.
Having a life of freedom is more than the power to make our decisions. It’s about when we act upon that right, it gives us the opportunity to draw from a source of strength to make choices that allows us to live a life carefree not careless.
“ You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:23 (NLT)
This means that just because we have the right to do anything, it doesn’t mean that we should. Some people say Christians are weak, but it takes great strength to live a life like Christ, and abstain from the pressures of this world.
The beautiful thing about living a life like Christ, is that when we mess up, His loving kindness, and mercy is new every morning, giving us the opportunity to start over, every day!
Living a life free in Christ, not held to the bondage of this world, is very liberating; yet with that great power within us comes with great responsibility. We have the power, and the responsibility to make constructive decisions over our relationships, our finances, and our health.
There was a time in our marriage where we said what we wanted to say to each other, and did what we wanted to do whether it caused division in our family or not. But that behavior costs us our peace, and division within our home. When we came into knowledge of God’s priorities and chose to live by them, we began to win back our peace and have unity.
The freedoms we have in Christ are liberating, but let’s purpose to use that freedom to edify, love, encourage, and unite those around us.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
~ 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NKJV)
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~ André and Timberley Gray