“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. “ Galatians 5:1
Christ has set me free. Free from sin. Free from condemnation (Romans 8:1). This truth is so powerful, so profound, yet there are days when I am forgetful, and I return to living like a slave. Returning to unhealthy habits (sin), feeling shame for who I am or am not, or becoming distracted by the circumstances around me, I lose sight of His victory for me on the cross. Can you relate, friend?
Unfortunately, we are a people with short memories where God’s faithfulness and freedom are concerned. When we read of the Twelve Tribes of Israel in the Old Testament, it is painfully obvious that they, too, consistently forgot that God had set them free from slavery and powerless idols in Egypt. They forgot that God had set them apart. So, God had to remind them again and again—sometimes through painful circumstances—to return to Him; wooing them back to His presence because of His great love and constancy.
Truly, this knowledge is why it is so imperative that we make a daily habit of spending time with God who set us free from our old sin habits and death, our Savior. Additionally, we must not forsake the fellowship with other Christ-followers who will encourage us in our faith and hold us accountable when our behaviors and thoughts are not reflective of His nature and truth. Thankfully, our gentle Father patiently and lovingly woos us back to Himself when we forget who we are—His beloved children whom He has redeemed. Remember, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) That is what we are celebrating each Easter, His loving sacrifice for our eternal freedom. Stand firm, lovely, and remember that you are free from your old self and new in Christ Jesus, so walk in that freedom! And, if you momentarily forget, be gentle with yourself and return to Him.
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