A song we sing in church by a group called Jesus Culture played in my head as I read that verse. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Can you hear the chorus? It goes like this: "Freedom reigns in this place/ showers of mercy and grace/ falling on every face/ there is freedom."
One of the most incredible things God gives us is the gift of freedom. He lifts the burden of sin and the wages of death and he sets us free.
Free from our past. Free from our failures. Free from the pressure to measure up. Free.
We don't have to do more to make God love us. He already loves us, even more than we know. It takes a lot if faith (and practice!) to step into that freedom and truly believe that we're enough - right now, just like this.
I think sometimes we're uncomfortable with the idea that we can't earn God's love because such a thought makes us feel powerless. But the truth is that we are loved and we are in the family. God has sent the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter, Counselor, and Advocate, and to live in us. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
God, Thank you for the gift of freedom. When I get all tied up in my thinking you quietly whisper that I am loved and I am enough. You are more than enough. Thank you for the promise that you are renewing my mind. You are rewriting the story. Help me to rest in your promise and breathe easy in your freedom today. Amen.
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