Others sacrificed so we can be free

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “You have been set free”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “Others sacrificed so we can be free.”
 
It’s fitting and appropriate for our study of “You have been set free” to conclude on Memorial Day. Memorial Day is the day each year when we as Americans stop to honor those who have given their lives in defense of our nation. They died to protect our freedom. We owe them a great debt of gratitude and they are perfect examples of what Jesus described in John 15:13.
 
However, as we have learned this month, the far greater sacrifice was made by Jesus when He died upon the cross to win for us freedom far greater than our constitutional freedoms. As precious as those are, they pale in comparison to the spiritual victory Jesus won for us. Our spiritual freedom is so much more important. If you would be interested in learning more about our spiritual freedoms, I encourage you to do a personal in-depth Bible study of the book of Galatians. Two helpful tools for such a study that I have used myself and which I recommend to you are, “Be Free: Exchange Legalism for True Spirituality” by Warren Wiersbe, and “The Life Application Bible Commentary on Galatians” published by Tyndale House. Galatians is a study in freedom.
 
Over the centuries millions of American service men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice so we can live as free citizens of the greatest nation in the world. Be grateful for their sacrifice. Honor it and celebrate it. Almost two thousand years ago Jesus made an even greater sacrifice so we can be free for eternity. People need to know this, and we can be the ones to tell them. Since today is Memorial Day, people are thinking about and celebrating freedom as citizens. We Americans cherish our freedom and therefore, the subject of freedom can be a great conversation starter to lead a person into a discussion about true freedom found through faith in Jesus Christ.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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