There is irony in seeking freedom. The more we attempt to seek freedom in the things of this world, the more we become slaves to the things of this world. Many of us sought freedom from our pain, our loss, our regrets, and our emptiness through addictions and compulsive behaviors. In the beginning, our attempts to escape gave us some relief. Over time, we had to do more to feel less of the pain of our lives. We became enslaved to our sin, and it had a death grip on us.
Freedom from the bondage of sin means that we now are servants of Christ. The new irony is that the more we become servants of Christ, the more freedom we experience. We are freedom seekers who desire to be in the service of the only One who can set us free. We are no longer bound by who we once were. Christ has freed us from ourselves and from the darkness of this world.
Freedom comes when we forgive and move away from hurt and anger. Freedom seekers intentionally choose to stop placing blame and let go of past injuries and resentments. We are free when we are obedient to Christ. Continuing to be enslaved by bitterness is the main culprit of not receiving all that recovery and Christ have to offer. Those of us who have hung onto our old offenses can testify to the bondage of those offenses. Christ is the key that sets us free from our past. We were once prisoners, but our search for freedom has been fulfilled by Christ and Christ-centered recovery.
Written by Jackell.