Words from the Heart for Monday July 5th, 2021
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.
1 Peter 2:16 (NIV)
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides a guarantee of freedom of expression and press freedom, with some provisos and grey areas. While free speech may be legally restricted as a means of ending discrimination and promoting gender equality and social harmony, the definition of the punishable crime of hate speech remains vague. The result is that there is an increasing number of reports of restrictions on free speech here in Canada, according to a recent report from a journalist organization.
Canadians enjoy freedoms that most of the rest of the world, throughout history and in our world today, can only dream about. We complain so easily and so often and at the same time we are blessed beyond belief. True freedom is not what is granted by government legislation. It is a gift that is given by our heavenly Father. The Bible says that he whom the Son sets free is free indeed. The apostle Peter experienced that freedom. Jesus took a temperamental fisherman and set him free to change the world. Peter understood true freedom when he wrote this in 1 Peter 2:16: “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.” This is another one of those upside-down Kingdom principles. When we become a slave to Jesus Christ, we experience true freedom. That makes no sense in the eyes of the world. Slavery is a terrible thing in this world. Christians fought slavery in the past and continue to do so today. But when Jesus is Lord of our lives, we become free to be the person of God He created us to be.
These have been words from the heart.