Love is the catalyst of the Christian faith, no longer tied to condemnation; we are freed to love God without guilt or shame. “Though our sins are as scarlet they shall be as white as snow.” (Is. 1:18) This agape love is sealed by the blood of Christ on the cross, as He points to you and me, and says you are worth it. God has given you a free pass to love and be loved. Your past does not define your future. There is forgiveness, and yet sometimes the bondage that once held us, we willfully return, as though we have quickly forgotten the value of forgiveness, and the freedom that it brings.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? ….. we too may live a new life.
Church Wake up!
This is not a condemnation alert. This is a, “Church, what are we doing?” Why can’t we see the big picture? It’s kind of like a man on death row being pardoned yet choosing to stay on death row. Sin eats away at us, no matter how temporarily filling it seems. It is a cancer.
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
Freedom in Christ
Yet we all buy into the temporary satisfaction of sin, in one form or another. And because it appears hard to keep the standard of God’s holiness and goodness in site we not only dismiss moral standards, but write them off when others address us. “It’s none of their business”or “they are judging”. Sure both of those statements maybe true, but just because they are true, doesn’t mean we can’t take the advice and actually learn from it, as opposed to living in self inflicted bondage. We keep the friends that allow us to live however we feel close to the cuff because they are usually more warm and fuzzy and distance ourselves from those who may call us out. But where does this get us? Further and further from the One we need to run to. Let’s help each other. Lets hold each other accountable. There’s freedom in Christ, but it’s only freedom if we Live Free.