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 21 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 twelve with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free because of God’s pardon and proclamation.
Free By God’s Pardon and Proclamation
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”
Isaiah 55:6-7 (NIV)
Have you ever been guilty of something for which you’ve been pardoned, or forgiven, by the offended party? How did it make you feel? Who knew about your guilt? Who knew about the pardon or forgiveness? What affect does announcing a pardon or forgiveness to a group of witnesses have on how you receive it? How does knowing that God has forgiven your sin help you to live as free? As you gaze into God’s perfect law, does knowing that God proclaims your pardon to the world help you eagerly accept that forgiveness?
With people, sometimes forgiveness doesn’t seem to be offered in corresponding measure to our guilt. While pardon may be given by one individual, many others are unaware of that and still view us as guilty. When it comes to our guilt before God, He not only pardons us but he also proclaims that pardon to all who would listen. His pardon and proclamation of such ought to set us free to live our life for Him. As you pray, thank God for His forgiveness and for making that forgiveness known. Pray that you would also view others as forgiven because God has proclaimed it.