“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm… But now you are free from the power of sin. You have become a servant for God. Your life is set apart for God-like living. The end is life that lasts forever.” Galatians 5:1; Romans 6:22.
The human heart remains free in one regard: free to choose whatever it desires. But as at this day, most human heart is corrupted and enslaved by evil. So, it does not naturally desire to do what honors God. All our thoughts, words, and actions are tainted in various degrees with prideful sin and rebellion against God. So even though we are free to choose, most of us freely choose sin continually as a habit of nature, see Job 15:4; Romans 6:19; Matthew 12:33-35. What a situation, yet, as bad as it may sound “the final consequence of our sin against God is hell” i e. a state of total and unending disconnection and separation from God and all that is good, a place of unhindered and perpetual bondage to unrestrained evil, horror, and suffering resulting from everyone doing all their selfish and sinful hearts’ desires, no matter what harm it may cause to others.
Yet, God in His true love sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth and willingly die in the place of we sinful humans i.e. to absorb all our sin, rebellion, and wrongdoing. Therefore, all who entrust their complete life to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins will be saved from their bondage to sin and given eternal life in Him and enjoy an intimate, personal connection and relationship with God himself, See Romans 8:1. Verse 36 says..if the Son – who abideth ever in the Father’s bosom, and fills the house with his glory, and is the Heir of all things – make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Are you enjoying this freedom, or otherwise?
Beleive me, this is true freedom. And true freedom only exists in Jesus Christ. How does it happen? God changes our mind by His Holy Spirit. God makes us spiritually alive by giving us a new mind -this heart desires to love God. It sees Jesus Christ as helpful Lord, truthful leader, beautiful yet supportive friend etc, and thereby desires to love Him as the Lord and Savior of our life. By faith, we give our life to Jesus and receive His forgiveness and freedom from sin. Not only this, but we are now free to do the very thing we were created to do i.e.to honor and enjoy God forever. Remembering the day we obtain this great freedom re-initiates and refreshes great satisfaction plus Joy of Salvation in God respectively. Perhaps, we should be celebrating this God given freedom often as well, not just Nation Independence, Groups Anniversary or Personal Birthday only. Shalom!