On July 4, the United States of America celebrates her freedom-a freedom won originally from England but a freedom that continues to cost human lives.
Our original march toward freedom was expressed by our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
While our freedom is maintained by those in our armed forces, it’s expressed by citizens choosing who will govern them. But not all in the young nation enjoyed the privilege of voting. Women didn’t receive the right until 1920. Native Americans and African Americans legally won the right in 1870 with the Fifteenth Amendment but didn’t realize it in practice until 1924 and 1965 respectively.
While freedom from another nation’s control and freedom to choose our rulers are tremendous freedoms, they aren’t the greatest. Jesus tells us what it is.
A relationship with Jesus Christ frees us from sin’s penalty, sin’s power and eventually sin’s presence. The wages of sin may be death but the gift of God in Christ is eternal life (Romans 6:23). Believers are no longer under condemnation. Jesus paid our sin debt on Calvary, and we don’t have to send further payments.
Christ gives us a new nature (II Corinthians 5:17). Through the power and presence of his Spirit, he teaches us how to live above sinful habits that once drug us down. And when we enter heaven, we won’t have to worry about sin period (Revelation 21:3-4).
Are you enjoying freedom in Christ?
Prayer: Thank You Heavenly Father for the freedoms we experience through our relationship with You.
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