What Does Freedom Mean to You Today?

Today, June 12, marks the 122nd anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence.

Over a century ago, blood, sweat, and tears were shed so that Filipinos can finally claim freedom from the hands of oppressors.

Fast forward to the present time, freedom, independence, and democracy all seem to take on a new meaning. Some equates freedom to the liberty to act however they want to – regardless if that freedom could destroy someone else’s reputation and belief.

How about you? What does freedom mean to you today? Is it in line with what God tells us about freedom?

To help you answer thathere’s what the Bible says when it comes to understanding and practicing freedom the way God designed it to be.

  1. Truth and freedom are companions

God made it clear that truth and freedom are companions. Once you find and acknowledge the truth in God’s teachingsGod grants you wisdom and gives you a clear picture on how you can make use of your freedom wisely and responsibly.

Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:31-32 NIV)

  1. Your freedom has a purpose

“This is a free countryI can do whatever I want!”

Have you heard this phrase before? No wonder because it is everywhere – in movies, in songsor in someone’s tweet.

However, God’s Word steers clear from the liberated beliefs of this world. You were not given freedom for nothing. You are encouraged to exercise freedom according to what is beneficial and constructive and use it for the common good.

“‘I have the right to do anything, you say—but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. (1 Corinthians 8:23-24 NIV)

  1. God cares about your freedom, and how you use it

Before you were freed from human oppression, God freed you first from slavery to sin and eternal death by offering Himself as a sacrifice. He values your freedom and as your ultimate Savior from slavery, He cares about how you exercise the freedom you received.

Are you using it carelessly in a way that causes disunity or leads your neighbor to fallOr are you using it to bring glory to God’s name and serve others?

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. (Galatians 5:13)

This Independence day, be encouraged to use your freedom to show your respect and love for God and His teachings. Use it so you can serve as salt and light in this liberated, modern world.

Are you feeling oppressed by many things? Do you want to experience real freedom in God? Take a step closer to Him today by calling the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700. 

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