How better to acknowledge the Fourth of July weekend than to remember our freedom in Christ? If you’ve been driven by “musts” and “shoulds,” convinced you never do enough for God, then remind yourself that He would rather have you rejoice in His gifts than strive to deserve them. Thank Him for setting you free!
“I [God] have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free” (Isaiah 44:22).
“I [God] will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light.’ They will be my sheep, grazing in green pastures and on hills that were previously bare” (Isaiah 49:9).
“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink–even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk–it’s all free!” (Isaiah 55:1).
“For you who fear [God’s] name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture” (Malachi 4:2).
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free” (Luke 4:18).
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. … if the Son sets you free, you are truly free” (John 8:32, 36).
“For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin” (Romans 6:7).
“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace” (Romans 6:14).
“The creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay” (Romans 8:21).
“And since [our freedom] is through God’s kindness, then it is not by [our] good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is–free and undeserved” (Romans 11:6).
“[God] will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns” (1 Corinthians 1:8).
“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17).
“God sent [Christ] to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children” (Galatians 4:5).
“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law” (Galatians 5:1).
“[God] is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins” (Ephesians 1:7).
“[Jesus] gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds” (Titus 2:14).
(All verses are from the New Living Translation, as posted at BibleGateway.com.)