John 8: 34-36
Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
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There is an old joke about a guy hitting himself on the head with a hammer. When another person asks him why he is hitting himself in the head with a hammer, the guy says, "Because it feels so good when I stop." When we stop a painful or worse, a death-dealing behavior, we may only recognize in that moment how much pain we were in or how close to the edge of death we had come. A person oppressed defines freedom in a limited way and often loses touch with true freedom. When we are oppressed by guilt, we get used to it. We tolerate it and convince ourselves we have achieved a certain level of freedom for ourselves. The freedom that Christ offers flings the hammer of never-ending guilt out of our reach. It is a freedom we do not deserve but it is the freedom Christ defines for us nevertheless.
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If I had a hammer, Lord, I'd ask you to teach me how to free others. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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