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So if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed. –John 8:36 NIV

March 26, 2024

Freedom

So if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed. –John 8:36 NIV

The sole purpose of salvation is freedom, and it’s procured by love—Jesus’ love. Freedom doesn’t come easily, doesn’t come naturally, and takes a huge commitment on our part. Many situations we face in life end up being preparation for our need for freedom. What is this freedom? The freedom to love the unlovable, to love those who mistreat us, and to not live on the roller coaster of hurt feelings and offenses. When we decide that we’re going to love others—no matter how they behave, we’re set free of the expectations of reciprocated love. Love is not “I’ll love you if you love me,” but instead, love is “I’ll love you even if you never return that love.” It’s like having a semi-truck lifted off our chest when we’re set free from others' drama and love them like God loves us. It doesn’t excuse their behavior, or downplay their damage, but it does set us free. When we release them to the Father, the problems are between them and God, not us. 

Think this sounds crazy? Try it for a week. Dare to love like God loves us, and you’ll find peace you never knew existed.

prayer focuses

Father, help me to love others no matter what they’ve done or are currently doing.

Jesus, You loved me so much that You came to earth for me. Help me to show that same love to the people around me.

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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.