Freedom used to REALLY bug me! Christians were meant to be 'free'. They were meant to set other people 'free'.
But I didn't see this in my life or other people's. It troubled me that Christianity felt like this life and self improvement class that wasn't even working.
It's odd to condense years of searching into one sentence but here it is...
I DISCOVERED THAT WE WERE TRYING TO PUSH OPEN A DOOR INTO FREEDOM WE HAD ALREADY GONE THROUGH.
When I saw it: that I had been crucified with Jesus and was a new creation, I could no longer call myself a selfish, moody, stressed, awful sinner.
My reactions might be stressed, my demeanour moody, my attitudes selfish. But that is how I behave. It isn't, and can never now be, who I am.
That was the start for me of finding freedom. BELIEVING my bad attitudes and behaviours were forgiven and in spite of how it might have seemed, I was a RIGHTEOUS person (having received the gift of Jesus' righteousness), my attitudes and behaviours actually improved.
I believe the cross is the doorway into freedom through which we pass. That freedom rests on what has been done for us rather than what we try to do for ourselves.
If you would like to experience it in your life, how about thinking of booking a one-to-one. I'd love to work with you.
This is part of a series until Easter about the effect of the cross on our everyday lives.