Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 11th, 2019
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.
2 Timothy 2:8-9 (NIV)
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects those basic rights and freedoms of all Canadians that are considered essential to preserving Canada as a free and democratic country. It applies to all governments – federal, provincial and territorial. However, the rights and freedoms in the Charter are not absolute. They can be limited to protect other rights or important national values. For example, freedom of expression may be limited by laws against hate propaganda or child pornography.
Back in my days in pastoral ministry, I lived in a county that had more incarcerated people than free. It was a rural county with a number of prisons and so most churches, including ours, included people who had family members in prison. So I went weekly and did a Bible study in the prison, and by doing so I discovered something. Those who had come to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord were freer than many I knew who were not behind bars. How can that be, you ask? Listen to what Paul writes in 2 Timothy 2:8-9: “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.” When Paul wrote to his young friend, Timothy, he was in prison. But he knew that while he might have been in chains, the word of God could not be held back. There is a freedom both in Christ and in His word that knows no bounds. To be free from sin, guilt and shame is the greatest form of freedom. And to unleash the word of God into the world, brings freedom to all who need the forgiveness that Jesus brings.
These have been words from the heart.