So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:36 (ESV)
Jesus is speaking of being free from sin. Free from its enslaving power. We that are in Jesus are free from sin, it no longer has the power over us it once did. Temptation will always be there, but we don’t need to be a slave to it. When we are freed from sin, we are to become slaves to righteousness.
Since Jesus set us free, we are to follow him and be like him. When we were slaves to sin we followed the devil, and were like him. We were dishonest, selfish and enthralled with everything evil. In Jesus we have a better way, a higher way of going through this life.
We must learn to control what comes into our hearts through our eyes and ears, because whatever is in our hearts will come out of our mouths. We that are in Jesus are to take the moral high road, but not on our moral high horse. We are bombarded daily with the evil of the world around us, but we must respond to it in a way that the love of God is seen in us. The apostle Peter wrote this; Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:12 (ESV) Our behavior should bring glory to God, not dishonor to his name.
So we have to examine ourselves. Do we honor God in our spoken word, our written word, our actions and reactions? The behavior we exhibit to the world speaks volumes about what is truly in our hearts. So we must guard our hearts from the evils of this present world. As Jesus said; “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 (ESV)
If we see only what is evil, and hear only what is evil, we will speak only what is evil. Everything we see, hear, and speak must be filtered through the word of God. Imagine if we spent as much time allowing the word of God to influence us, as we allow evil to influence us. Our response to the world and its woe’s would be much more godly than worldly.
I used to be one that spent a lot of time listening to talk radio and watching the news, until one day when my wife said she didn’t like who I was becoming and how angry I was all the time. That was a huge eye opener for me. I quit all of that, and my attitude changed immensely. Once I got away from it, I realized just how much evil I was taking in through my eyes and ears, and just how much evil was coming out of my mouth and was being displayed in my life. Conversely,the more time I spent in the word of God, the more I reacted to the world around me in a godly manner. My life has been far more peaceful since.
Let’s trust in the Lord to guide us through this world, not world leaders, not politics, and certainly not our own self serving attitudes. Let’s be free indeed.
Read proverbs 16 today.
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman