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Letter: Live life way God intended, said in Bible


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From: The Rev. William Stache

Columbus

There’s a lot of talk these days about freedom, the freedom that enables people to live their lives as they please. But we’re not free to kill, to hurt, to steal, to burn houses, etc. They may choose to do it, but they’ll have to suffer the consequences for their actions. There is a limit to freedom.

At one time Jesus said, “If the son (Jesus) sets you free, you will be free indeed.” How will that happen? Jesus also said: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” (English Standard Version) Living by the truth of God’s word makes for freedom, and the greatest freedom is to be free from the consequences of our sin through the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross for us and thus also to live with him in us.

Oh yes, it’s enticing to demand our own idea of freedom. In these days some are demanding the freedom to marry those of the same sex. Who gets to say what freedom is? Since we are created by our Holy God and so go by the book that God gave us, the Bible, we discover that our all-knowing God knows best what real freedom is.

It is following his word. So if he tells us, don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t speak evil of your neighbor, then refraining from activities makes for a certain kind of freedom. If you steal and kill, your freedom will be taken from you and you’ll be in jail.

So what are we to say when God says through his servant Paul, who was inspired by God’s spirit to write the book of Romans: That same sex relations are shameless acts and dishonorable passions contrary to nature? (Romans 1: 26-27) And in Paul’s letter to the Galatians he writes that “Those who engage in sexual immorality…will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5: 19-21)

That’s dangerous. These acts do not make for freedom, but for slavery to impure desires. Real freedom is being able, in Christ, to live our lives according to the will of God who made us. How much better it is to live under the blessing of God in the marriage relationship that he created for us as one man and one woman.

While we all live in some kind of slavery to our sinful self, how much better to seek to live our lives according to the truths of God found in the Scriptures, the truths that our creator God gave us for our good. The real truth that sets us free is that God loves us and in his love he wants to give himself for our good.

The greatest way he did that was for his son Jesus to lay down his life for us so that every sin which would keep us from God is paid for and removed from us. Even more it helps us to live a god-fearing life according to his word.

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