Words from the Heart for Sunday March 4th, 2018
Because of what the Son has done, we have been set free. Because of him, all our sins have been forgiven.
Colossians 1:14 (NIRV)
Set free! What a relief and what a longing fulfilled. Sin brings so many tangles to life. We have broken dreams and can become hopeless and feel trapped. But, the gift of salvation changes all of that. Because of what Jesus has done we can know true freedom. We can step out of the lies of our enemy against us. We can walk free. We can move from bondage to a life worth living.
Back in 2015, Canada took top spot when it comes to personal freedom, according to an annual global prosperity index ranking by the Legatum Institute. The report states Canada is the “freest country in the world,” and most tolerant of immigrants globally. According to the index:
92 per cent of Canadians believe the country is a good place for immigrants and ethnic minorities and 94 per cent of Canadians believe they have the freedom to choose the course of their life.
I pastored for a number of years in a county in Florida where there were more people behind bars than those not in prison. So I got involved in a weekly Bible study in one of the prisons and became friends with many of those who were serving time. I quickly discovered something. The people in our study group had been imprisoned long before they were ever sent to prison. And many of them were now freer than some people I knew who had never broken a law and had never spent a day in jail. What do I mean by this? Listen to what the apostle Paul writes in Colossians 1:14: “Because of what the Son has done, we have been set free. Because of him, all our sins have been forgiven.” Notice what Paul is saying here. Until Jesus forgives us our sins, we are not free. We are imprisoned by our sin, and by the guilt and shame that keep us from being the person that God wants us to be. Ask the Lord to set you free from your sin and guilt as you invite Him to take up residence in you.
These have been words from the heart.