What is Freedom?

One of the best ways to describe freedom is to consider what it is not. Freedom is not tyranny or oppression. It is not slavery, a picture of the powerful ruling over the helpless. Freedom does not persuade others with force. Its means are not accomplished with violence. It does not dwell in the presence of depression, and it does not produce hopelessness or destruction. Those without freedom have a twisted and perverted view of reality. They are filled with self-loathing. Contrary to popular belief, freedom is not just the ability to do whatever a person desires. It is not unrestrained license.

No, freedom is none of those things. Freedom operates under the assumption of a choice, and it can be described as the unrestrained ability to pursue life that can only be described as full and abundant. A free individidual lives as intended, living with clear purpose and direction, which produces stability and confidence. The free can become what they were supposed to be. They live with satisfaction in the present and hope and security in the future.

It is only in Christ where we can truly be free. As surely as oppression can occur at the hand of ruthless dictators, sin and its lifestyle equally enslaves and destroys. It restrains its prey, eating away at its life, leaving a hopeless soul. But in Christ, this oppression is reversed. The restrained are unfettered. They can have abundant life and live in full security because of their relationship with God.

Freedom should never be taken lightly. It must never be forgotten or taken for granted! A glimpse or remembrance of a previous state of slavery should be enough to jar the forgetful into full appreciation.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1).

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1 Response to What is Freedom?

  1. Galatians 5:1 sums it up beautifully. Some, however, do take liberty as license. Liberty sets us free to love and serve one another in Christ without the bondage of Law. Law merely shows us our wrongs whereas Love teaches us to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of others. Good post. I plan to read through more as time permits.

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