Focus Verse: Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (CEB)
Freedom. One of the definitions Google gives for freedom is:
- the state of not being subject to or affected by (a particular undesirable thing)
This definition causes me the think about the encounter Jesus had as He was revealing who His betrayer would be in John 13. Although I’m pretty certain Jesus was filled with all kinds of emotion at the time, after announcing the knowledge of his betrayer, He reminded His disciples of the ultimate goal, for the Father to be glorified. See John 13:31-32. In the days leading up to the betrayal, Jesus didn’t go around with an attitude, complaining about what was about to happen. Even when He was requested by John to know who His betrayer was, He didn’t make a scene or act contrary to who He is. Why? Because He knew the truth. And according to our focus verse, knowing the truth gives us freedom.
Freedom is when a coworker tries to publically embarrass you in front of the entire office and you choose not to stoop to their level and do the same. Why? Because you know their actions hold no real weight and you refuse to grant someone else power over you, causing yourself to act in a way contrary of who God created you to be.
Freedom is when your spouse is not operating at their full potential or character that you know God created them to, but instead of pointing out their faults you love them and continue to intercede to the Father on their behalf.
Freedom is when you apply for a job, only to learn that it was granted to someone less qualified than you. However, you choose not to allow your emotions affect your future work ethic.
True freedom is when you choose not to be subjected to or affected by those undesirable things in your life. Will you be free today?
Prayer: Father, thank You for the truth in Your word that tells me, when I am in You, I will know the truth and be made free in it. There are times that I have not always operated in the freedom that You granted me through Your Son, Jesus Christ, please forgive me. As I continue this journey with You, help me to remember the freedom You have already granted me so that I choose it and not the bondage of this world. In Your Son, Jesus’ name, Amen!