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How to break free – I want to be free!

Have you noticed how some people express how free they are, and yet they dress all the same and are bound to an unwritten code of practice?

How to break free? A snake tied in a knot wanting to be free.
How to break free? A snake tied in a knot wanting to be free.

Whether that is as a Hippie, a Rocker, or even living in Suburbia, most of us ‘conform’ and are bound by outside pressures.
Even those who pride themselves at rebelling conform to the rebel mould!

They probably felt restricted by their parents generation, by the government, by their teachers.
But did they actually get free?
Yes they could throw off restraints but they could end up being very self centred.

So how to break free, but break free from what?

The word ‘free’ means to do as one wishes; not under the control of another, not confined or imprisoned.

Jesus caused a bit of a stir by saying:

If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples (follower’s) then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.”
John 8:31-32

They immediately thought ‘set free? – We’ve never been slaves to anyone!’
And we would have said the same!

But Jesus’ answer is very interesting, He said:

“I tell you the Truth. Everyone who sins is a SLAVE to sin.”

Ball and chain. How to break free?
Ball and chain. How to break free?

They could have thought; ‘Well murderers, perverts, bullies, etc SHOULD feel chained up!’

But Jesus seems to imply that all of his audience were NOT free.

So what is sin?
It’s all those things we shouldn’t have done to other people:
Telling lies, cruel thoughts, hurting people, etc.

And it’s all those things that we should have done: A helping hand, sharing things, encouraging rather than criticising, etc.

It’s also when we ignore GOD and go our own way.

Unhappy cartoon face. How to break free?
Unhappy cartoon face. How to break free?

So when we tell lies, or have cruel thoughts, or don’t help people, or ignore God and do what we want in a selfish way, then, WE are a slave to those bad things.

Do we really want to be free?
Not free to please ourselves, whilst hurting others, but be free to please God.

How to break free?

Jesus has told us that already!

If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples (follower’s) then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.”

It is the Truth that set’s us free. And the Truth is what Jesus teaches.
Do you want to know the Truth?
Then surrender to Jesus and follow Him.

Images: thanks to Serif ARTGallery CD

Peter Reason

March 2012

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