Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 32 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day one with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you can live free from accusation.
Free From Accusation
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.“
Colossians 1:21-22 (NIV)
Have you ever been accused of something? How did you respond? Does having actually done the thing you’re accused of change the way you respond? How about if it’s something you’ve done but it has already been dealt with? How do you respond to people who try to bring up things that have already been resolved? How much freedom do you experience by knowing that anything you are accused of has already been forgiven by God?
While it would be nice to live completely free from accusation, gazing fully into the perfect law of God’s Word and living by it can free us from the power of the accuser. Accusations are typically powered by guilt on our part, so when we allow God to forgive us and remove our guilt, we find ourselves able to live free from the power of accusations. As you pray, ask God to help you live according to His Word so that the accuser has no power over you. Pray that you would know the freedom that comes from living a life that has no need to worry about accusations. Pray that you would not be an accuser in the lives of others.