Be Free

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

–John 8:36

 

While walking on the beach, I noticed a some kites near the late afternoon sun.

I paused for a moment to take some photographs.

Kites are a magnificently simple mix of light wood, plastic or paper.

They take to the skies with the proper wind to lift them high into the atmosphere.

Flowing gracefully, it’s easy to compare them to being carefree.

Kites aren’t really free, though.

They’re tethered to the ground by a string.

Someone is still in control.

There is freedom to be found in that control, however.

We are free in Christ.

Free from so many burdens and free from the penalty of sin.

Someone is still in control.

We are tethered to the heart of God by our faith in Jesus.

With our lives being redeemed, we are now free to live forgiven lives, guided by God’s love.

Are you free?

 

 

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Free, You Will Be

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There was just something about watching the kite in the distance that made me want to photograph it.

Even then, I thought of freedom.

Kites are free to flow in the breeze, to glide wistfully in the invisible currents of air above.

Yet, they are held securely by a tether.

Attached to the string, they will not be lost.

John 8:31-36 reads,

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

True freedom is found only in Jesus.

It may seem strange to consider that being held securely by His love and power brings us freedom, but it does.

Tethered to His mercy and grace, forgiven and free—we are free indeed.

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