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What the Bible says about freedom

What the Bible says about freedom
What the Bible says about freedom
Margaret Minnicks

As Americans, we believe we are truly free because of the Declaration of Independence that was signed in 1776, and because we celebrate annually on July 4. However, the Bible has much to say about freedom.

Today we are free to choose where we live, how we live, and what we believe. We are free to choose friends and our life's mate. Some people practice freedom of speech through radio, television broadcasts, books and pulpits. Some choose to worship God while other choose to worship other things.

When God created us, He gave us freewill. We are free to choose if we will sin or not. We can choose to serve God or not. When we live for God, we become free from sin and our spirit is renewed.

There is freedom that comes from knowing and living for God. John 8:36 says, "If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed." This simply means that knowing Jesus, the Son of God, is to know real freedom. Jesus is the source of freedom because He is the standard of what is right and what is true. While we are free in Jesus, it does not mean we are free to do what we want to do if it does not line up with the word of God. When we know Jesus and have an intimate relationship with Him, He gives us real freedom from the power of sin. It isn't that we won't sin, but we will not live a lifestyle of sin. Sin will not dominate our lives.

Christ has made us free in Him. Therefore, freedom in Christ is free to obey God and to serve Him. Christ came to set us free. Christ died to set us free. Therefore, if we are in Christ there should be some evidence of our freedom.

True freedom is received only through Jesus Christ. When we invite Him into our lives, He rewards us with freedom to live for Him, to obey Him and to serve Him.