It was for freedom that Christ died – to set us free from our bondage to sin. Yet freedom is not always a good thing. Some of us have made freedom into an idol and distorted its true meaning. While it is true that we are now free from the heavy burden of trying to satisfy all the demands of the Mosaic Law, we are now also called to live by the higher law of Love.
There are many who seek to justify a life of selfish rebellion and God-defying evil by worshipping a type of freedom that gives them license to engage in impure and immoral acts. This is not true freedom but an ugly imposter – a form of bondage to self and to sin.
True freedom releases us from the false god of self and sets us free from our “flesh” – that never-ending craving for whatever will satisfy our selfish desires and ambitions.
When Christ died to give us true freedom he crucified false freedoms – the wayward paths of lust, rebelliousness, selfish pride and undisciplined gluttony.
True freedom, which is open to us through Christ’s death and resurrection, is a path of repentance, forgiveness and grace that leads to everlasting life. Jesus died to give us a way out of those sinful patterns that lead only to spiritual death.
Beware of the false freedom of rationalizing evil and justifying selfish rebellion against God. Choose Christ and the real freedom only He can give: Freedom from sin, guilt, death, and hell. Freedom with forgiveness and grace and mercy. Freedom to be all you were created to be – a child of the most high God! Freedom to do good and to love.