So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. – (John 8:36, NLT)
So if the Son makes you free, you are really free. – (John 8:36, ERV)
So if the Son sets you free from sin, then become a true son and be unquestionably free! – (John 8:36, TPT)
Freedom is not without a price. For most of us, we are blissfully unaware of the extent of the cost of the precious freedom that we enjoy each day. We have the right to say and do whatever we desire to do (within the legal limits of the law), and we have the choice to worship and gather without fear. Many nations in the world today are not afforded such luxuries. The people live in fear and cannot gather without the threat of imprisonment or death, simply for seeking to enjoy the very freedoms we so often take for granted. Today, as we celebrate Independence Day, may we take time to reflect and give thanks for the freedoms we know in our nation, and even more importantly, the freedom we know in our hearts that has been granted by God in the gift of mercy and grace generously given through His Son.
This mighty freedom,
We know and adore;
Has come at a price,
From ones who gave more.
From those who fought for;
From ways once abhorred.
The greatest of all;
Through Christ’s sacrifice,
Our forgiveness call.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the incredible gift that we have been given through the sacrifice of Your Son. Thank You all who seek You, find forgiveness and grace – freedom from the weight of our past mistakes and failures. Thank You too for the gift of freedom that we know in our nation, as we know that not all countries know a freedom such as ours. Forgive us for taking either freedom for granted, and teach us to give You praise for all our days for the incredible gift we have come to know in each. Show us how to love others well, so they too, may know the freedom found in the goodness of Your grace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we thank You for the freedom we know and the grace to grow. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. – 1 Peter 2:19