Day 14 - GREEDY GRATITUDE

Greedy Gratitude 30 Day Devotional 

Day 14 - Freedom

“Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

 “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

John 8:10-11

This weekend we have been honoring those in our country who have fought for our freedom. When I think of freedom, I think about and reflect on the things from which I have been freed and the life I lived before walking with Christ. There are some moments that are less than pleasant. Moments when I hurt others or was myself hurt.  One of the things that sticks out to me in the Bible, when it comes to the idea of freedom, is when Jesus says, “Go and sin no more.”

In John chapter 8, the Pharisees bring an adulterous woman before Jesus to see how he might condemn her according to the law. As Jesus ignores them, they implore him to give his input and decide the woman’s fate, hoping to trap Jesus in the process. Rather than giving in, Jesus simply says, “ Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,” and suddenly the men started to disperse, feeling convicted.

Then Jesus stands up and looks at the woman and this is their encounter:

"Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

 “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Go and sin no more.  These are the words of our Savior.  Later, he says this to those seeking to question him further, “ Most assuredly I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin, and a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

“Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” You are free indeed! Yet sometimes as Christians we walk as slaves to our mistakes instead of walking as those who are free. What does it mean to be free? In the Bible, freedom is mentioned roughly 29 times. One definition defines it as the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. In the Bible, freedom is defined as being set apart and freed from the bondage of the slavery of sin in Jesus Christ.  We are told to walk in freedom and not to let ourselves fall once more under those things which have held us in the past and to give generously through the freedom we have been given.

Jeremiah 31:34 says,

“No longer will they teach their neighbor,

    or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’

because they will all know me,

    from the least of them to the greatest,”

declares the Lord.

“For I will forgive their wickedness

    and will remember their sins no more.”

We serve a God who takes on our sin, dies in our place, overcomes the grave, and gives us freedom; He forgets our sins! He doesn’t hold them against us, but instead he says to us, “You are not condemned, go and sin no more! “That is the God we serve.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites constantly, in times of trouble, recount all of the ways that God has rescued them and set them free, always remembering that He was “ The God that freed us from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery…” and in their remembrance they praise God.

ACTION STEP: Today, lets take a moment to remember. One of my favorite worship songs says, “ Take a moment to remember, Who God is and who I am.  There you go lifting my load again.” Take a moment to remember who God is, what he has done, and the things he has set you free from. Then Rejoice! Again I say Rejoice!