FREEDOM

Think back to your childhood, would you consider yourself a troublemaker? It’s normal for young kids to stretch limits and push boundaries to see what the parameters of the parenting rules are.

As a kid, I didn’t venture into too much trouble. Sure, I had my fair share of not listening to instructions, but major trouble I mostly stayed away from. Most years I would have one really good screw-up and that guilt would last me long enough going forward.

Jamie talked this week about the benefits of truth and listening to that truth. As he reminded us last week, our society largely doesn’t like to believe or buy into the idea of absolute truth. Jesus in His very nature is truth and for us Christians, that provides hope in these troubled times.

But even as Christians who have experienced this hope and truth of God, we can lose our sense of directions with God’s words to us in the Bible. Like a child questioning the rules of a parent, do we really have to follow all the things in the Bible?

Here’s what Jamie reminded us again: “Obeying the truth frees us.” It feels like it should be the opposite but in God’s infinite wisdom, it’s the truth. If we can believe parents want the best for their earthly children, can’t we also agree God has the best intentions with us. Even greater than an earthly parent. Walking in obedience to his word puts me exactly where I need to be.

Obeying the truth keeps me from bitterness, anger, resentment, lust, jealousy, pride, idolatry, and more. Those are places I don’t want to be. That’s not the type of life I want to live. I would rather obey the truth and be in places like: joy, peace, self-control, kindness, love, gentleness, and more.

His truth brings freedom.

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Central Christian Church | Mount Vernon, Illinois