Yesterday, we celebrated freedom as a nation. We celebrated the great nation in which God has given us the privilege to live and we honored those who stand in the gap and serve in the military to keep us free.
But what is freedom? True freedom–not some lip-service to a holiday, or a talking head rambling on the television. Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” It is interesting that the word freedom has its roots in the word love. In German, frei–“to love” is the root of the words freedom, as well as friend. The idea is that we have the choice as to what we will love.
True freedom in Christ is really then a choice we make to love Him. He did not set us free to sin (Romans 6:1-4), He set us free to serve (Galatians 2:20). God designed us with a free will–the ability to choose–what we love. He gave us a choice, and He made the choice to love us regardless of what we decide to do (John 3:16, Romans 5:8). He made us free. He made us free from sin so we can obey Him (John 15:11-14). He made us free from fear, so we can trust Him (2 Timothy 1:6-7). He made us free from the flesh, so we can praise Him (Phil. 4:6-8).
As we understand the meaning of freedom–the choice to love–our actions should reveal where our love is. So, how do you celebrate your freedom in Christ? I would love to hear your responses in the comments below.
Lord, thank You for giving us the choice to show what we love. Thank You for our frei. Thank you for our freedom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.