Freedom. It may be the most treasured commodity of the human experience. We long to be free, to stand at the helm of our own destiny. Being confined, restricted, or oppressed robs us of rights most of us consider inalienable. The last thing we want to surrender is our freedom.
In the Christian faith, however, the concept of freedom has a different meaning. We are free from the restraints of sin. We have the joy of Christian liberty. But we are held captive by the love of God. Nothing can remove us from the grasp of our Savior. Our hearts are bound by faith to the new life in Christ.
This month in Today in the Word, we’ll study three books that outline the blueprint of a life held captive by faith. We’ll see that the difference between the walls that made Paul a prisoner and the faith that made him an obedient servant of the Lord is the willful surrender of the heart. Titus, Philemon, and James show us what life looks like when it is confined to obedience of God’s Word—in family life, finances, and even in the journey of our relationship with God.
We will also see that submission to God’s authority frees us to experience the love-filled life He intended. Within the loving grasp of God’s embrace, we can enjoy what it truly means to be free.
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