Mr. Eddie P. Kharbhih

The law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death" - Romans 8:2.

For reasons difficult to understand, being freed is more exhilarating than being free. For those who enjoy freedom everyday, it is easily forgotten how blessed we are.

This is also true spiritually. Christian liberty does not permit sin; it rather encourages loving service. The Christian's freedom is in Christ Jesus (Galatians 2:4), and this excludes any possible thought that it might ever mean freedom to sin.We must never turn our freedom into a base of operations for the flesh.

Those of us who have been Christians for a long time often forget what it's like to be held hostage by sin. We can become complacent and even ungrateful. But then God sends a reminder in the form of a new believer who gives an exuberant testimony of what God has done in his or her life,and once again we see the joy that is ours when we are "free from the law of sin and death" ( Rom.8:2).

If freedom has become boring to you, or if you tend to focus on what you can't do, consider this:"Not only are you no longer a slave to sin, but you are freed to be holy and to enjoy eternal life with Christ" (Romans6:22).

The characteristic principle of the Holy Spirit is to empower believers for holy living. The characteristic principle of the in-dwelling sin is to drag a person down to death.It is like the law of gravity. A living bird is also heavier than the air it displaces,but when you toss it up in the air, it flies away to freedom. The law of life in the bird overcomes the law of gravity. So the Holy Spirit supplies the risen life of the Lord Jesus, making the believer "free from the law of sin and death"(Rom.8:2)."There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus … For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ has made me free from the law of sin and death"(Romans 8:1-2). This is true freedom and we celebrate this freedom each day when we serve God and glorify Him.

Sometimes we have the illusion that freedom is doing anything we want. But God says that true freedom comes from obedience and knowing what not to do (Ngi long kiba laitluid ym kiba laitlan). We have the freedom to walk in front of a speeding car, but we don't need to be hit to realise it would be foolish to do so. God gives us restrictions for our own good, helping us avoid evil. We don't have to do evil to gain more experience and learn more about life.

"True freedom is found only in obedience to proper restraint. A river finds liberty to flow, only between banks: without these it would only spread out into a slimy, stagnant pool. Planets, uncontrolled by law, would only bring wreck to themselves and to the universe. It is not control, but the right kind of control, and a cheerful obedience which make the free man" (A.T. Pierson)

We all know "the first fall" of man: when Satan used a sincere motive to tempt Eve to eat the forbidden apple when he suggested to her: " God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil"(Genesis 3:5). To know both good and evil is not a bad thing and to become more like God is humanity's highest goal. It is what we are supposed to do. But Satan misled Eve concerning the right way to accomplish this goal. He told her that she could become more like God by defying God's authority, by taking God's place and deciding for herself what was best for her life. She had all the freedom in the world to decide. In effect,he told her to become her own god.

To become like God is not the same as trying to become God. Like Eve, we often have a worthy goal but try to achieve it the wrong way. Adam and Eve came to know good from evil by disobeying and defying God.

People usually choose wrong things because they have become convinced that those things are good, at least for themselves. We cannot always prevent temptation, but there is a way of escape (1 Colossians 10:13). Use God's Word and God's people to help you stand against it.

As soon as we begin to leave God out of our plans, we are placing ourselves above Him. This is what Satan wants us to do. And in doing so, we continue to be his bonded slaves and our freedom is lost the moment we sin. Just like Eve we fall into trouble, too, when we dwell on what God forbids rather than on the countless blessings and promises God has given us.

Celebrate your freedom in Christ by taking the time to thank God for the things you are able and free to do as His servant.

We are thankful to God for any freedom we enjoy in a nation.But above all, believers everywhere can praise Him for the freedom that is found in Christ. Living for Christ brings true freedom.

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free" (Galatians 5:1). To God be the glory - Amen

I Bah Eddie P.Khrabhih i dei i dkhot ka Balang Presbyterian Jaiaw. I dei ruh iwei na ki ba ia kit ia bah ia ka kam U Blei lyngba ka Jingiaseng Dong Jaiaw Langsning. Bad shuh shuh i dei ruh uwei na ki nonghikai Sunday School ha Intermediate Department, bad i dei ruh uwei na ki nongthoh ba ju noh synniang ha ki jingpuson lyngkot ia ka Ktien U Blei (Devotion) ha ka E – Newsletter ka Jingiaseng Samla Balang Presbuopyterian Jaiaw.

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