“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
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Freedom means different things to different people. A prisoner incarcerated in jail serving time for a crime longs for the freedom to live in civil society. The teenager looks forward to freedom from parental control. A person in a loveless marriage seeks freedom from the commitment heor she once made. Even political parties
pronounce their quest for freedom in the name they choose i.e. the Freedom Front, Economic Freedom, The Freedom Party, so on and so forth.
Becoming a Christian means freedom from the sins of the past; freedom to choose a better way of thinking, talking and living. It is common for bitter people to live in
the past. We must let go of the past and choose to reject any thought of revenge. This doesn’t mean you continue to put up with future deeds and sins of others. God does not tolerate sin and neither should you. Don’t allow yourself to be continually violated or “bad mouthed” by people who wish you harm. Take a stand for
what is right and exercise grace toward those who hurt you. Set up boundaries of protection to guard yourself from those who seek your demise. Free yourself from anger and disappointment. God does not expect you to trust those who have broken your trust. Forgive them, in our Lord’s name, move forward in victory and don’t
allow yourself to become entangled with the bondage and pain that others cause. If trust has become broken it can be mended. This takes time and by God’s Grace alone relationships can be restored only when people admit their wrongs and demonstrate contriteness and a genuine desire to rebuild what they have broken down.
We should not try to make excuses for serial offenders. Rebuke, restore, rebuild. These three “R’s” are necessary if reconciliation is to become a reality. Don’t say “Lord, I want to forgive.” Do say, “Lord I choose to forgive.” Forgiveness leads to freedom. Trust is a process, a journey and a work in progress.
Freedom is what you gain when you choose to surrender people, things and circumstances into God’s hands. He will ensure your liberty. The operative phrase is “In Christ.” It’s not what you do, it’s what you believe when He cried, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Your freedom is your choice!