Recently we spent some time contemplating the idea of forgiveness, but it’s important to take it a step further. When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are not only forgiven but you are free. Hindsight might be 20/20, but that doesn’t mean our past needs to hold us back.
John 8:36 is a wonderful reminder that when Jesus sets you free, you are most certainly free indeed. That means all the things of your past are put to death and you get to start fresh. You no longer have to live under the weight of your sins (Galations 5:1). Jesus separates you from your sin as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:11-12). And He doesn’t do that because He has to or owes it to you— He does it because He loves you!
The freedom found in Jesus, however, is not a ticket to freely indulge the flesh (Galations 5:13-14). Jesus didn’t sacrifice Himself on the cross for you to live in “cheap grace,” but as an example for us to die to ourselves daily (Luke 9:23).
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it best: “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” So, we have to be willing to submit to the authority of God, and then—only then— can we experience the freedom He promises.