WHAT IS FREEDOM
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF FREEDOM...?
"Whoever commits sin, is a slave of sin...Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:34&36)
In today's society, we can identify three different kinds of freedom -
1. Absolute Freedom
This kind of freedom is imaginary, because it means you can have freedom without any limitations. If it exists, you will end up hurting yourself and others. For example, if you are driving you have the freedom to go where you want and the direction you want, but you are restricted by traffic signs - disobey them and you will have an accident. Therefore, all the freedom in the world has its limitations.
2. False Freedom
This is when a person says he feels 'free' when he smokes, drinks, commits adultery. Realistically, they are not free but enslaved by this sin. This is because when a person, for example, begins to smoke, he cannot give it up easily - he becomes a slave to smoking.
3. Committed Freedom
This means freedom + regulations. In school, work, and society in general, we are practicing our freedom - freedom to read what books we like, chose what career we want, have what friends we want, watch TV, and so on. But as Christians, we have our freedom with three regulations :
+ God. What
does God's commandment say? Is what I'm doing pleasing God or hurting Him?
+ The Bible. Is what I'm doing written and agreed on in the Bible?
+ The Church. There must be a relationship between you and your confession father, because he will help you and absolve you of your sins.
If you keep and practice these three regulations in your life, your freedom will be a committed one, and not one of slavery and destruction.
BUT HOW CAN WE SAY NO TO SIN?
If you have the power of the Lord within you six days a week, you are going to have the power to say 'no' to sin. If one day you are lazy, you may not be so strong, and you may say 'yes' to sin; but with regret. Therefore you will go back to the Lord in repentance and confess, and you will also return to your committed freedom. It is a freedom conditioned by spiritual nutrition - God, the Bible, the church.
AND HOW CAN WE START OUR LIFE IN CHRIST?
It is through three main sources that we can have our life in Christ :
+ A Spiritual Father
He is very important in your life because when you go to confess your sins, you will receive from him absolution for your sins, and a solution to help you with your problems. No other person, other than a priest can give you these two blessings.
+ Spiritual Discipline
If your life is not disciplined, you will end up being a victim of 'false freedom', therefore you need spiritual discipline through as reading the Bible, praying from the Agbia, attending spiritual meetings and the holy mass.
+ Spiritual Atmosphere
This means coming to church frequently and trying to live in this holy atmosphere. Because if you live in society's atmosphere, you will absorb many sinful things. Be committed to church life and church people.
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