We all know nothing is free in this world however; the God who lives outside of this world has offered all of us a truly free gift that cost Him everything. Paul confirmed this truth and act of benevolence in Ephesians 2:8-9, “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a [free] gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
I get it; we have a lot of freedom in America. Freedom of speech. Freedom to worship. Freedom to do what we believe leads to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” And those freedoms weren’t won in a lottery. They were bought with the blood of soldiers. And as mentioned above the freedom Paul spoke of was bought with the blood of our Savior.
Yes sacrifice!! That’s what true freedom looks like and you won’t find it in a snarky online social media post. Or in the rant of a “religious” leader tearing others to shreds. It won’t be at the table with gossip. Because the irony is: when we stop loving, we give up our freedom. We become entangled in our own words and hatred until we can’t breathe, can’t see, and can’t live!
Yes, July 4th is a time to celebrate an important event in history. But let’s also think about what real freedom means for us right here, right now. It’s time for us to pause and remember the highest, best freedom. Love🏾!