The Truth Shall Make You Free
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever,but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Just as Jesus said here, IF we abide in HIS word than we are his disciples, and we are free indeed. Truly free, free from sin and death, free from the world, Jesus freedom is pure, it is true and it is forever.
Although you we know the truth and have been set free we often times choose to put the chains of bondage and past sins back on, or things that the world throws at us hurt our flesh so bad we construct these massive walls to keep the truth out, because it hurts so bad, because we are blaming GOD, or even just because it looks enticing, it looks familiar, and a lot of the time the eternal looks foreign and unfamiliar. That’s why I have never understood the phrase “Ugly as sin” because upfront sin is not ugly, sin looks good, sin looks tasty, it smells good, and in some cases even feels good for a time. But when the event passes and the temporal begins to fade you are just left hungry, you are left alone, and it no longer feels good, it feels dark and isolating, which is why in those moments we must repent and let the forever love back in, not that he ever left, but sometimes when caught up in the world it may feel that way.
2 Timothy 2:20-26
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Here he is saying to turn away from our youthful lusts, by youthful he isn’t just speaking of age but of when we were young in the ways of the spirit and still living in the temporal mindset of the world. And yes we will all fall short some times and make mistakes, and although this is true it does not give us free reign to do what we know is wrong.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
This is why I despise the phrase “It is better to pray for forgiveness than to ask for permission” It encourages the wrong choice, in fact there is always a choice even when being encouraged to make the wrong choice. In every single situation we find ourselves in ,from the big choices, like when to get married, what should I do for a career, to the tiny little everyday choices like, where to go to eat, or what to say in conversations with coworker, we always have one of two choices. Life or death.
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, 18 I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
In this verse he is saying that we should choose life so that both us and our descendants may live, it is because each choice we make causes a ripple effect into not only our lives, but in the lives of those we are witnessing to,
more often than not choosing death is like a tsunami destroying everything in its path, it is loud and destructive leaving suffering in its wake.
when often times choosing life is like dropping a pebble in a pool of water its ripple is calm and sometimes barely even noticed, but even though it may seem unnoticed when we choose life we might actually be saving a life or more importantly bringing someone the truth, the truth that is in Christ Jesus and setting them free so that they may also live no longer in the temporal but instead with us in the Eternal.
so my prayer is that we all remain set free and that with all the decisions we make all the choices presented to us we choose life so that those in the world around us may also be set free. That we make his will our first response, that our first reaction to something is of GOD and his divine will, that his will becomes the very nature of who we are so that we may reflect his love to the world we live in. to him all the glory and honor and praise forever. amen