True Freedom Is Loving People
Lately, my mom has been angry with me because she feels like I take her freedom when she has to take care of me instead of live her life. I have been studying the concept of American freedom for my dissertation and how it developed into the concept of doing whatever one wants. I knew that this idea was a backlash to the oppression of the Nazis in World War II (Foner, 2005), not a biblical principle. So, I began searching the Bible to find the true definition of freedom and learned that it is making Jesus Lord of our lives.
John 8:36 says if the Son will make you free, then we are free. Verse 42 defines that Jesus sets us free by loving Him. Loving Jesus is keeping His commandments (John 14:15), and His commandment is to love people as He loves us (John 15:12). If loving people makes us free, then when we a not free, but slaves, we do not love.
Romans 6:13-22 says that slaves of sin means doing unrighteousness of the flesh. While we have the power to do what we want, we are not free if we choose not to love people and say that we can do what we want. We are slaves to our nature (Galatians 4:8). We can only be free by knowing God’s truth (John 8:32) that if we confess that "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9) and become heirs with Christ, no longer slaves (Galatians 4).
We must choose to love to be free. Love is a choice because it is an action. When we choose how to act and not let our nature control us, we are free.
Now I feel sorry for my mom because she is a slave to sin.