Key Verse: Verse 32 – "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Key Words: the truth shall make you free
The world defines freedom as being loose to do what they desire. Many Christians have adopted this definition as well; but a thorough study of the Bible reveals that freedom is not being free to sin but free from sin. Biblical freedom isn’t what we are free to do, but what we are free from doing.
Child psychologists discovered an interesting truth several years ago. Contemporary thought assumed that fences on playgrounds made the children feel restricted in their recreation. A consensus was then reached to remove the fences so children wouldn’t feel confined. The opposite effect occurred. Researchers found that the children became more inhibited with their activities. They tended to huddle toward the middle of the playground and exhibited signs of insecurity. When the fences were replaced, the children played with greater enthusiasm and freedom. We all need boundaries – something to define the limits of safety and security. Humanists believe that boundaries restrict creativity; but as the children on the playground demonstrated, real freedom is not what we are free to do but what we are free from doing.
What to do:
✞ Apply Biblical freedom to your life, not humanistic freedom.
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