Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

2 Corinthians 3: 17

 

Freedom is a complex idea. What might seem free to one person can look like restriction to another. The forces of culture that set one of us free may stifle and constrain another. In our world there is little that constitutes true freedom. Everything comes at a price and carries with it the burden of responsibility and obligation. Yet, God has promised freedom to all people, for as John says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

 

True freedom is not defined as a state of being, a location, or the ability to do as one pleases. Freedom as God sees it is ours regardless of physical circumstances, bodily limits or any other form of restraint or restriction. In Christ our souls are set free from the oppression of sin and death. Still, we do desire more, and this desire is also a part of the character and the nature that God has given to us in His design of the human creature. People desire to live in the full experience and expression of our relationships with other people, with our world and with God. Anything that diminishes our ability to live in this manner is troubling to our hearts and to our minds.

 

As people who are free in Christ we are called upon by Him to be concerned about and to work for the freedom of others. First of all, we are to bring the truth of our freedom to the attention of the world around us in actions and words that proclaim Christ and His salvation. Also, as a means of engaging in that proclamation, we are to diligently and continually seek after justice in our world. Oppression is a human characteristic that is the outworking of evil in our midst. Followers of Christ are free in and through Him to speak out against the tyranny of slavery and imprisonment of all sorts, to pray for physical and emotional freedom for captives, and to open opposition to oppressors. In all of this our purpose and intent should be to lift up our Lord and to set both the prisoners and their jailers free.

This is a special prayer request:

This afternoon ( Wednesday, January 21st) Naghmeh Abedini will have the opportunity to meet one on one with President Obama in order to appeal for his and our government’s intervention in seeking the release of her husband Pastor Saeed Abedini from prison in Iran where he is being held because of his faith in Christ. Please pray for favor and for God’s Spirit of freedom to prevail. Thank you.