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Tight Circles

Even though Christ gives us freedom from the old ways of acting and thinking, we often find ourselves continuing in the old damaging ways. Mike’s devo below offers encouragement.

Our Daily Bread - August 31, 2019 - Tight Circles
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Galatians 5:1

A classmate gave my family a registered collie that had become too old to breed puppies. We soon learned this beautiful dog had, sadly, spent much of her life inside a small pen. She would only walk in tight circles. She couldn’t fetch or run in a straight line. And even with a large yard in which to play, she thought she was fenced in.

The first Christians, many who were Jews, were used to being fenced in by the Mosaic law. Though the law was good and had been given by God to convict them of sin and lead them to Jesus (Galatians 3:19-25), it was time to live out their new faith based in God’s grace and the freedom of Christ. They hesitated. After all this time, were they really free?

We may have the same problem. Perhaps we grew up in churches with rigid rules that fenced us in. Or we were raised in permissive homes and are now desperate for the security of rules. Either way, it’s time to embrace our freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). Jesus has freed us to obey Him out of love (John 14:21) and to “serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13). An entire field of joy and love is open for those who realize “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). By Mike Wittmer

REFLECT & PRAY 
Jesus, help me to believe I am as free as You say.

How have you been kept from experiencing freedom in Christ? How can realizing this freedom help you serve others?