So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Freedom is the greatest of gifts, and it’s one that comes with a heavy price.
But freedom doesn’t mean we do what we want; it means we are gifted with an opportunity to live above ourselves. For truly, there is no greater slave driver than self-indulgence.
Christ’s freedom liberates us from guilt, shame and the desires that drove us to self-destructive habits. We are now empowered to serve others as He served, to deny our own wants so that others can be blessed.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
Psalm 130: 5 ESV
Waiting can seem to be so difficult at times, especially when life seems to be passing us by. Or when others get their blessings and we’re still on our knees.
But the truth is, patience is perfection. The “instant gratification” philosophy has no place in God’s Word. He molds our character by delaying, holding back until He’s finished infusing another layer of Himself into our lives.
Keep waiting. Keep believing. Keep loving God. He can never fail.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
To call these words inspiring is like calling the Alps a bunch of pebbles. These are life-changing kernels of truth that, if accepted into the human heart, has the power to liberate captives and restore broken hearts.
There’s one catch: these words are only activated for those who are in Jesus Christ. Anyone can read the Bible, but it’s promises only work on conditions. Once those conditions are met anything—and I mean anything—is possible.
Marriage is the greatest gift of all time, one that God Himself established in the Garden of Eden. But, like most of God’s gifts, maintaining a good marriage requires a lot of effort, prayer and commitment.
Today, focus on giving your spouse an undivided 10 minutes of your time. No cell phones. No kids. Nothing that can distract you from each other and the priceless gift that you share—your marriage.
PS. My wife, Lois and I have started a Facebook page called Fearless Marriage featuring Christian content geared to helping couples achieve God’s vision for their marriage. Like our page today.