Freely Seek the Truth
What is freedom? This is a topic which has been talked about and fought over for centuries. It can mean having choice in rights for living, the freedom to live and accept or refuse work, being free to decide how we want to live our life. There are many things we take into consideration with freedom. It is seen more clearly when a child reaches adulthood. As they go from living under their parents' protection, to making life choices of their own and deciding for themselves. Though this appears to be the biggest chance at having freedom, there is an even bigger one found in faith.
When it comes to living a life of faith, God loves us so much that He has given us a lifetime of freedom, built into being human. It is in our human nature to seek the good, to make good decisions, but sometimes we don't see what is right but act upon sinful nature instead. Through Jesus' free choice of becoming our Saviour, and taking up the cross, we are granted the chance for eternal freedom in him. Think of a rope as being God's love for us. In our free choice, we sin, and the rope becomes knotted and shorter, as we become clouded and cannot understand what is morally good. However, as we make the free choice to believe, repent and seek forgiveness, the rope becomes unwound, more clear and we become happy with our freedom and choice to believe.
Today's Gospel states:'Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage to any one. How is it that you say, `You will be made free'?" Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not continue in the house for ever; the son continues for ever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father." They answered him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do what Abraham did, but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God; this is not what Abraham did. You do what your father did." They said to him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God." Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God; I came not of my own accord, but he sent me' (John 8:31-42). Jesus tells us that the truth will make us free, and this truth is found in his sacrifice of love for us. Only through making the free choice to admit our sins and seek healing and the chance to live a good life can we be good followers in faith. As today is the day of Confession across the globe, take the chance to become free from your sins and burdens and seek God and love above all else, the truth we need to learn.
Today's prayer comes from 'Ransomed Heart' a prayer for freedom from sin:
Lord Jesus, you have come to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God. Come and heal my brokenness right here, Lord; free me from this captivity, release me from all darkness, bring your favor here in my soul and bring your vengeance here against my enemies. Lord, you came to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. I ask you to do this in me—comfort me where I am hurting; bestow on me a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. Come in this memory, in this wound. I receive you here. Amen