The Freedom We Need

Posted: October 7, 2012 in Reminders and Revelations

With all the clamor surrounding the Anti-Cybercrime Law, issues regarding freedom are taking center-stage. Since that has been the case nowadays, let me take this opportunity to talk about freedom.

Merriam-Webster defines freedom as “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action” among other things. So basically, if we are able to do whatever we want, whenever and wherever we want, then we are free. Or are we, really?

When we allow our feelings to dictate our actions instead of thinking it over and doing what is proper, can we really say that we are free? When we let our anger do the talking (or punching), are we willing to admit that anger has a stronghold over us? When we heed our insecurities’ command to do more even if it means stepping over other people to make us feel better about ourselves, are we not slaves to our own ego?

Let me tell you a hard truth. A very, very hard truth.

We are not truly free.

Let Jesus Himself tell you this.

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

John 8:34

There you have it. Everyone who sins is a slave to sin. And as the Bible says, everyone is a sinner (Romans 3:23). Whether we admit it or not, everything that we do, including our self-expression, is influenced by our sinfulness. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about it. We are prisoners, spending time in sin’s jail until we are called to have our sentence carried out. And the sentence: Hell.

But the good news is, freedom is possible. How? Through Jesus Christ.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:36

Jesus came to our world to set us free from the power of sin. He alone can give us the power to break free from the bondage of sin so we can freely follow Him, who is the true source of satisfaction. He alone can save us from being eternally condemned, and He did that when He took upon Himself the punishment that was supposed to be ours. Simply put, in Christ alone can we experience true freedom.

For the longest time, people fought for their right to be free. However, true freedom cannot be realized by sheer human effort. If true freedom is what you seek, then Jesus is all you need.

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