The Price of Freedom

7 Sep

God’s Word: Galatians 2

God’s Message to Me:

Freedom carries a heavy price tag.  It is born of sacrifice—self sacrifice.  You are free from debt because you sacrifice your time to earn money to pay the bills.  You are free from illness when you sacrifice your time to exercise and sacrifice your desire for unhealthy foods for healthy choices.  You are free from sin when you accept the sacrifice Jesus made for you.  On your own, you are unable to be free from sin.  That is why Jesus died—to purchase your redemption.

It is impossible to be “set right” with Me by keeping all the rules.  No man can do that.  So I have released you from that bondage by Jesus sacrifice on your behalf.  No, you don’t need a self-improvement course to make yourself “good enough” for Me.  Jesus paid it all.  Simply believe Him and follow His Words of Wisdom to realize a life of joy unspeakable and full of glory—that is what My freedom is all about.

If “self-improvement” could come by rule-keeping, Jesus died unnecessarily.  But since Jesus died so all mankind could be set free from rule-keeping, what is still wrong in your relationships?  You accept the forgiveness Christ died to give you, but fail to offer it to others—is that the problem?  Matthew dealt with this issue of forgiveness in 6:14  In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.

God’s Question for Me: Are you willing to sacrifice yourself and pass My forgiveness on to others?

God’s Promise to Me: You can be set right with me by trusting in Jesus as the Messiah, not by merely “trying” to be good.

My Prayer to God:

Adoration:  I want to look for the good in others and be forgiving of their faults because I am aware that is exactly what You do for me.  To think that you look at me “just as if I’d never sinned.”  I am overwhelmed with gratefulness.

Confession:  It is a good thing you are NOT counting my sins against me because I sure fail in this area.  How I long for and rejoice in Your forgiveness—even while I am failing to forgive others.  I am sorry God.

Thanksgiving:  I thank you for the sacrfice paid for my freedom.  It motivates and inspires me to emulate service for others.  Thank you for those pure desires you place within me.

Supplication:  Help me today, in all my relationships, as I drive, talk on the phone, interact with others, to practice the Godly attribute of “forgiveness.”

My Song to God: My Desire

My desire—to be like Jesus.

My desire—to be like Him.

His Spirit fill me—His love o’er-whelm me,

In deed and word to be like Him.

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