We’ve concentrated on freedom this week. To end the week, I want to talk about experiencing freedom in Jesus by looking at what it means, how it looks and how it feels.
1. What does freedom in Jesus mean?
Freedom in Jesus means love. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Pastor Andy Stanley simplifies this way for easy remembering and sharing:
God loved. He gave Jesus.
We believe. We live.
God’s love is so complete and unconditional that He gave everything to forgive and save us. Freedom comes with our surrender and trust that God’s love and forgiveness through Jesus life, death, and resurrection is so overwhelming we want to live to give Him honor and glory.
2. How does freedom in Jesus look?
Freedom in Jesus looks like love. Psalm 117:2 – For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.
It’s not obedience to a list of rules or belonging to the perfect church. In Jesus, freedom means receiving and giving love; or said another way, it’s loving God and loving others out of the overflow of love He gives to us.
Those who have freedom in Jesus should be the kindest most loving people on the planet. Freedom in Jesus is just. Freedom in Jesus cares for those in need. Freedom in Jesus protects the innocent. Freedom in Jesus loves.
3. How does freedom in Jesus feel?
Freedom in Jesus feels like love. Galatians 5:22-23 – But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.
Freedom in Jesus is fearless. 1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear.
Freedom in Jesus gives comfort and hope. – 2 Thessalonians 2:16 – Our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father loves us. Through His loving-favor He gives us comfort and hope that lasts forever.
Freedom in Jesus gives believers what we need to overcome negative emotions. I didn’t way we wouldn’t have negative emotions. We continue to be prideful and selfish by nature, but the presence of the Spirit helps us remember how true freedom feels . . . fearless, peace-filled, patient, kind, humble, courageous, strengthened, hopeful, and faith-filled. I want that. Don’t you?
Jesus came to bring freedom. True freedom. Lasting freedom.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:19