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You Were Set Free for a Reason

You Were Set Free

You Were Set Free For a Reason

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1

For freedom Christ has set us free. 

“For freedom Christ has set us free.” That phrase has always seemed like some sort of backwards explanation to me, like using a word in the definition. What on earth does that mean, Paul (writer of the book of Galatians)?

I’ve been studying this, because I desperately want freedom in my life.

Do you seek freedom?

I’ve spent the last month delving deep into the topic of depression since I’ve been writing about depression for my Write 31 Days challenge. I gotta say, who picked this topic? (Oh yeah, me.)

A whole month of talking, writing, and thinking about depression has been tough. It’s depressing. One of my favorite quotes about writing:

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down to a typewriter and bleed.”

Earnest Hemingway

1899-1961

Perhaps the greatest discovery for me along this month’s journey is the freedom God has granted me from some of my depression, and eyes wide open about the healing I still need to work through. I’m not there yet.

Galatians 5:1 has an amazing truth for us, and it is this:

The reason you are set free is because God wants you to live in freedom.

You ARE set free. Not — you will someday be free. You ARE free. It’s already done by Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection. If you are still living in slavery, that’s your mistake.

You ARE free from depression. You are free from anxiety. You are free from sin. You are free from doubts. You are free.

Live free.

What’s stopping you?

You Were Set Free for a Reason

The Hope Toolbox

hope for depression

Today’s Bible Verse:

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1

Today’s Journaling Prompt:

In what ways are you living free? In what ways are you still living in slavery? How can that change?

Resources

31 Days of Frailty: Books that Have Saved Me

His Mercy is New: Hope for Depression

First Light of Evening: Living the Wrong Dream — on brain injury, thought, and dreaming

Marie Osborne — #thestruggleisACTUALLYreal

Susan Evans: It Was for Freedom That Christ Set Us Free

When God Calls My Name: Love>Fear

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