“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
What is freedom? The definition of freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint, the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. Most people in America today feel that freedom means that you can do anything you want and no one should say anything. With freedom comes responsibility and accountability. Living in the Spirit and living for Jesus is some of the greatest freedom that we can have. It is freedom from sin and death. When we are out in sin, we feel that we are free and we don’t like anyone telling us what to do. The problem is we are not free; we are enslaved to the sin and to the world. Jesus tells us, “So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” (John 8:36)
Paul tells, “I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.” (Romans 7:21-25) When Jesus Christ died on the Cross, He set us free. We are only free if we have the Holy Spirit living in us; letting the Holy Spirit control our lives.