When we, as Christians, recall the ways that we have failed to love one another, the conclusion of our self-assessment should always be that we are righteous, not condemned; Christ’s perfection has overcome our imperfection. And within this mercy and grace, we are free to love more and more. “Do so more and more” was Paul’s charge to the Thessalonians. What would his charge be to Denverites?
Jesus has come to bring freedom for the captives and the prisoners. He has come to set us free. Yet we often choose to live in a prison cell and let the chains hold us back from the abundant life Jesus has set before us. Are you free? Will you let the Spirit of Jesus lead you to freedom?
Freedom is a gift from God. One of the miracles that our living Jesus performs is liberating us when we are trapped in lies and unhealthy behaviors. On the day of His resurrection Jesus set Mary Magdalene free and He continues to liberate all who encounter Him today.
Sometimes God allows His children to enter seasons when we are trapped, stuck, ensnared and bound in such a way that we cannot rescue ourselves. When we are unable to deliver ourselves we tend to either fight or flee. In rescuing His children from slavery in Egypt, God reveals that He is our deliverer who is mighty to save us from any and every form of bondage in His time and in His way. As God commanded Moses and Israel to act in faith as He delivered them from Egypt, we discover that walking in step with God through the process of deliverance is better than our typical flight or fight tendencies.