Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17 (CSB)
On the Fourth of July, we take stock of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Often, the day is commemorated with barbecues and get togethers, but this year, as the country is a combination of safer-at-home and fully open, people fighting against injustice and racism, and many grieving the death of loved ones, it’s a strange and heavy time.
In celebration or somberness, let’s reflect on the freedom Christ gave us and soak in these words of truth:
The Spirit of the Lord God is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1 CSB).
For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love (Galatians 5:13 CSB).
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples.You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32 CSB).
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2 CSB).
Because of Christ’s great love, we are free indeed.
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