November 11th is Remembrance Day. It’s the day we remember all those who have gone to war on behalf of us. We remember the brave men and women who entered into the mess and terror of war so that we could experience freedom.
Freedom is a multi-faceted concept. In the context of Remembrance Day, it speaks of freedom from oppression. I believe that freedom from oppression is a basic human right. We should all be able to live without fear and injustice. Unfortunately, there are many in the world who don’t currently experience this kind of freedom.
There is also freedom from constraint. This is the kind of freedom many think of in our part of the world. It’s the kind of freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. This is all well and good until our expression of freedom is harmful to ourselves or others. You only have to know someone suffering the effects of drug or alcohol dependency or visit someone in Prison to realise that not all expressions of freedom are good for us or our society.
There is a third kind of freedom, the freedom that is found when we choose to love - each other and God. The Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 5:13 – ‘It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.’
When we choose to love, we become free from a whole heap of things that can hold us down. Things like feeling like we need to compete with or look better than others. I believe that when we choose to be generous with our time and energy and resources we experience a freedom that is so much better and so much more satisfying than the freedom to do whatever, whenever. As Paul says we need to use our freedom well, otherwise it will be ‘destroyed’. At Berry Community Church, we believe that true freedom is found in connecting with Jesus and His plan for our lives.
If you would like to speak to someone about what it means to find freedom in Jesus, give me a call or send me an email, or turn up to one of our services.
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