What is freedom in Christ?

What does freedom in Christ mean to you?  There is a comment button below this article. Please let me to hear from you.

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4 thoughts on “What is freedom in Christ?

  1. Dee Fowler says:

    ‎”It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 Freedom in Christ enables us to live under grace and out from under the bondage that law put on us before Christ came. This doesn’t mean freedom to sin. Not at al (Gal. 5:13) l. But, we should no longer be bound to the law or living under the legalism of tradition, religious practices, bondage of behaviors expected of us by man, etc. Rom. 3:20, Rom. 6:14, Rom. 7:6.

    And, since you asked… 🙂 For me, what this actually looks like, is that I am no longer caught up in what *people* might think of me or expect of me. If I am confident that I am living for the Lord and am not sinning against His Word, I…’m really not all that concerned with what some author suggests, some other mom thinks I need to be doing, what someone at church thinks I need to look or act like. If I am not sinning, then others opinions of me really aren’t all that important to me anymore. They used to be. And, I used to live under a burden to please people, or do what I thought was most accepted, or “set an example”. Now I focus on relationships and what God’s Word actually teaches. There are lots of people full of opinions of what is right or wrong (I know because I used to be that person), but a lot of those opinions are based on their history, what they feel is right for them or their family, on some book, or whatever. A lot of the time, it’s not based on the Word of God at all. It’s tradition or just plain legalism. When I stand before God, He will see me as righteous because I have accepted Jesus. I am going to sin. There is not one of us who won’t. It’s not possible. So, instead of focusing my efforts on “trying” to be perfect I would rather just love God and allow that love for Him to translate into love for people, love for sinners, love for the lost. I will be transformed as a person and as a disciple of Christ by that love a lot more than by trying to live up to everyone else’s standards. Love God, love people. That’s my goal and how I hope to live out the freedom I have in Christ. Off my soapbox now. You may be sorry you asked. 🙂

  2. Ali Dent says:

    Dee I could not havenput this better. I’ve desired a long time to write a Bol for women about Freedom in Christ. What you wrote captures the theme of what I want the whole work to know. I too lived as a Christian in the bondage of works. It was to heavy to carry. I passionately want everyone to know the gospel thy save and sanctifys.

  3. Hannah Durham says:

    Dee, I could not have put this better, either! Everything you said is very applicable to me.

    I’ll add that the worst time I’ve ever had in my life is when I tried to take things into my own hands. I felt like I had to be proactive to make something of myself or to enjoy success. This was when I was out on my own for the first time and the world was huge, daunting, and downright depressing. It was a combination of my own stubbornness/anxiety in my own existence and always asking “Lord, is this it? Look what I’m doing, is this right?” – while never even waiting for an answer.

    The world sends us all kinds of wrong messages that “look” right or practical. This is one of the biggest lessons I had to learn. The world is going to trip you up every time.

    Freedom in Christ to me means that He will always guide my steps, and if I start to go where I should not go, He will check me. It means He will take care of any and all complications; I do NOT have to worry about ANYTHING. He will ALWAYS check my wrong attitudes. He has cleansed me from egregious errors of the past and I really have nothing holding me back in thought or anything else. I can devote my full energy to living for the Lord.

  4. Ali Dent says:

    I am so not sorry I asked. I have wondered for years I I was the only one whose thinking was like this. Thank you for sharing. Philippians 3:15 is the passage the Lord used to teach me he is capable of showing me where I am wrong. That sounds silly on paper because he is God after all, but I had lived my while life wrapped in these chains of bondage called pleasing others which in it’s simplest form is idol worship. I was always wondering if I was doing the right thing; was there sin I wasn’t aware of. Then I read what Paul has to say and the chains were loosed. He says,”let those of us who are mature think this way (speaking about the previous verses about chasing after Jesus and leaving self behind) and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
    WOW!!!!!! Countless times I have returned to his encouraging truth. I forget so easily. Thankfully God is always near.
    Love you ladies!

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