Real freedom (A)

“If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free” (John 8:36).

The world says you can have your freedom, but only by being totally selfish. The world defines freedom as a life without any restraint—’You can do anything you want to do; say anything you want to say, without anybody telling me what to do.’ Everybody else may get burned by you, but you get to do it your own way. Yet, the Bible says the only way to true but real freedom off-selfishness is through Jesus Christ.

Real freedom is freedom from fear, where you’re truly free from guilt, from worry, from bitterness, and from death. Another thing is that you’re free to quit pretending because you’re free to be yourself.

When you realize how much God loves you, you’ll begin to live in true freedom. In fact, you will worship God when you recognize that “God is love by giving us this freedom.” Yes! It is an act of worship to agree that he is a loving, caring, generous God and that we can “rely on this love God has for us” (1 John 4:16).

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