Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Cost of Freedom . . .

“My brothers and sisters, you were chosen to be free. But don't use your freedom as an excuse to live in sin. Instead, serve one another in love.”(Galatians 5:13 )
What a price Christ paid for our freedom from sin! All the suffering, pain, mistreatment, embarrassment and humiliation; not to mention leaving the comforts of heaven to live in a sin-sick world and the give Himself over to such treatment…for His enemies…we sinners! Yes, he did it all for me, for you, and for anyone who will humble oneself and call on Jesus to save them from sin. In our recent history, many people have also sacrificed much for the freedoms we celebrate and often take for granted. Countless numbers of men and women have sacrificed their bodies and lives for our freedom in wars all over the world.
But it is not just the soldiers.
President Lincoln sacrificed his reputation and ultimately his life along with others in order to abolish the horror of slavery. A gentle lady by the name of Ms. Rosa Parks was tired and needed to sit down on a bus in Mobile, Alabama in 1955. Dr. Martin Luther King took up the charge for the freedoms of all citizens and eventually paid the ultimate price for those freedoms. Many lost their lives during the struggles of the late 1960’s in the cities throughout the U.S., including Senator Bobby Kennedy. These folks did not use their freedoms to sin or the lack of freedoms to inflict harm either. They chose a gentle yet persuasive manner to bring to light the transgressions of our society and were willing to pay whatever price necessary to bring about change. They did not back down to political pressure, verbal threats, or physical harm.
We are challenged by God’s Word to stand firm and unmovable.(1 Corinthians 15:58 )
We are told that God will go with us through the valleys (Psalm 23:4 )and just as He did with Daniel and his friends (Daniel 3:26-27 ), He will bring us through fiery trials and the fiercest enemies.
We have the liberty to sin, run, or hide. Yet, we as believers have the freedom and boldness to stand.
Do not be afraid to get involved. Do not be afraid to be called politically incorrect, unpopular, or strange! After all, we are a called out and peculiar people. (1 Peter 2:9 ) Call sin what it is . . . in love so others will come to know the Savior!
Stand my brothers and sisters in the liberty of God’s grace and mercy. Stand boldly clothed in the full armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-18 ) Stand by faith. Stand on His promises. Stand together! Will we pay THE COST OF FREEDOM today? Yes, we can and yes, we will!

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