We can all agree this has been a less than ideal year for most of us. We’ve been disappointed, stretched, and challenged. I also think we’ve had to examine our own lives in a deeper way. The hurts and habits that we didn’t take the time to address or think about when life was busy and full, suddenly came to light during this quieter season.
This year, many of us have been forced to look within ourselves a little more and maybe see things we didn’t want to see. I know this was true for me. There were parts of myself that I had to admit needed to be evaluated and changed. It is challenging and unnerving to admit to your issues, but also freeing.
God calls ALL of us to this freedom. Freedom from our sins and freedom to be who he created us to be. Paul talks about this in his letter to the church in Galatia.
“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” Galations 5:1
In this passage of scripture, the believers were getting caught up in the laws of the Jews and the law of Moses instead of focusing on what really matters, Christ’s love.
Paul writes in Galatians 5:5,
“But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. What is important is faith expressing itself in love. You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom.”
Paul goes on to tell them to live by the Holy Spirit’s power and that without the Spirit’s power we will easily follow our sinful nature, and go back into bad habits. When we live through the Holy Spirit’s power we can produce some amazing results, such as, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
When Jesus died on the cross he took all your baggage, your shame, your hurt, your wrongdoings. He took it on the cross and it doesn’t bind you anymore. You are free! Maybe like me, in this season, you have found yourself realizing there is more stuff you need to bring to the cross. I encourage you to admit to your struggles, get help if you need it, and then walk in the freedom that Christ so willingly offers to you.