"The spiritual life is a life in which we are set free by the Spirit of God to enjoy life in all its fullness. By this Spirit we can indeed 'be in the world without being of it'; we can move freely without being bound by false attachments; we can speak freely without fear of human rejection; and we can live with peace and joy even when surrounded by conflict and sadness."
~ Henri Nouwen, Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit
This is probably the best description of "freedom in Christ" I've ever heard. Maybe it's just not articulated to us that often. What does it mean to be free in Christ?
I might answer, free from the bondage of sin, which is true. We are no longer bound by sin, we now choose it freely. Well, hopefully not, or at least not very often.
Take a look at Nouwen's descriptions:
1. We can be in the world, not of it. We don't look like the world. Our character is different, our motivations are different.
2. We can move freely without being bound by false attachments.
3. We can speak freely without fear of human rejection. It no longer matters, because we are sure of acceptance from the One who does matter!
4. We can live with peace and joy even when surrounded by conflict and sadness. Praise God!! Next time you see a Christian who has totally lost their joy because of uncontrollable circumstances, remind them of their ...
FREEDOM IN CHRIST
What freedom we have. What grace that unbelievers can never understand.
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