June 30th, 2014 | By admin
By Katt Anderson
We’re nearing Independence Day or the 4th of July. The United States was a young nation in 1776 and we wanted independence. As a nation, we had to pay the price. The price was a war with England and many people on both sides died, but we became independent of that country. Today, as young people, you crave independence. You want to make your own decisions, and as a parent, we let you begin to make the right decisions early in live. Some of the decisions are good and some are bad, but we all learn how to control our independence in time.
Jesus told about the prodigal son in Luke 15: 12-16. This young man wanted to be on his own. He wanted to make his own decisions and live life as he wanted to. His father was willing to let him go and make his mistakes. He wanted this young man to learn that no matter what, he loved his son. Of course, the boy made bad decisions and we know what happened. He was hungry with no money. There was only one place to go and that was home.
When his father saw him at some distance from his home, he ran out to him with open arms. He welcomed him back and showed him he loved him. When we make the wrong decisions, our parents should welcome us back the same way, but many times they don’t. This young man wanted the love of his father.
Today, God will welcome us back when we make mistakes. As you read on in the parable, you’ll find the older brother didn’t have that forgiveness and love. That’s the same as some in the Christian world. They don’t want to forgive, but we are commanded by God and Jesus to do just that. When Jesus was teaching the disciples to pray in Matthew 11:2-4, he instructs us to “forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us,” NKJV. We have to forgive others. God forgives us and doesn’t hold our sins against us, if we do what He says in the Bible.
Christ gave us independence from our sins when he died on the cross. He wanted us to be free of sins, just as the early settlers of the US wanted to be free of the rules of England. He wanted us free of the Old Testament. It’s wonderful to know that you can be free from sin. Jesus guides us to be free of these sins through His Word. This is not only in the gospels, but the Holy Spirit showed the early Christians how to be free by instructing them what to write in the other books of the Bible. To be free, we must study God’s Word and obey it, all of it. Christ has already paid the price for us to be free from sins.