The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -Corinthians 3:17 (NCV)
Not sure that many think of it this way, but I think freedom is a really spiritual word. For sure image of America's fight for liberty from an oppressive British monarchy comes to mind when folks ponder the word. But, in a sense, freedom from one oppressor often delivers us to a different oppressor. We are never really free unless we are spiritually free.
I am not speaking of religious liberty - sometimes religion and religious texts can enslave. As Paul tells the Romans:
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law.When we follow the Spirit we are truly free. Sin is no longer our master. Love has set us free to love freely. No longer are we mastered by hate. No longer by bitterness. No longer bound by carnality. Christ has set us free. We are free indeed.
Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Help us Lord to stay free in You and not return to the bondage of sin.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.