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The Freedom Paradox

Freedom has been defined as “exemption: immunity from an obligation or duty.”  But real freedom, the kind that is truly liberating, always involves submission, not exemption.

Monday, Memorial Day, we’ll honor men and women who died in military service for our country.  They willingly submitted themselves to the authority of a higher power for the purpose of securing freedom, and so it is with our spiritual lives.

In fact, Paul uses an interesting word picture to describe this freedom paradox.  However it is we decide to live, we obligate ourselves to that particular way of life.  If we ever expect to experience true freedom in Jesus Christ, we have to submit ourselves to the authority of his Word and follow the commands and principles outlined in Scripture.

In order to experience true freedom, we have to embrace submission, not exemption.

T. J.

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