By Dr. Michelle Bengtson
I’m thankful for freedom. Independence. The liberation from slavery or the power of another. Our creator gives three inalienable rights:
- The freedom to pursue life
- The freedom to pursue liberty
- The pursuit of happiness.
The Declaration of Independence states: “…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”
For hundreds of years, brave men and women fought to win and continue to fight to preserve our country’s freedom. I’m grateful for their selfless sacrifice.
As I reflect today on that sacrifice, I hold even greater gratitude for the price paid by my Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave His own life to be crucified on the cross to ensure my freedom for all eternity.
His blood purchased my freedom.
Ephesians 1:7 (NLT) says, “He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.”
Because of His sacrifice, all my wrongs have been cancelled and forgotten. My sins are forgiven.
“Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins.” (Romans 3:24, NLT)
I now live under the freedom of God’s grace.
“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” (Romans 6:14, NLT)
He calls me to be free and to use my freedom to serve others with love.
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14, NIV)
Today, I remember those who sacrificed so I can live in freedom in this land, and the One who made the ultimate sacrifice, a ransom for my freedom for eternity.
I’m thankful for freedom. Freedom to live, love and be loved. Freedom to share His love with others.
What freedoms can you share with others today? You can tell us about it in the comments.
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