I Am Free


Galatians 5:1 Christ has set us free for freedom. Therefore, stand firm and don’t submit to the bondage of slavery again. 

This is, I believe, the letter to the Galatians summed up in one sentence. Every time I have read this verse this month, it has been an incredible reminder that Christ has set me and has set each one of us free. We do have the opportunity to turn away from him (more on this tomorrow); but Christ is always with us and has broken us free! That is an incredible message we all need to hear and to remember each day.

One of the things I have been asked is, “How is your soul?” We could go into how we have messed up or there has been stress and turmoil in our lives, but I felt God leading me to think different about the question. As I began to listen to other people, I felt a single word entering my mind: freedom. My life is nowhere near perfect, and I try to not pretend like I am perfect; but I began to think about this word, freedom, and how my soul really is free.

Each one of us can slip back into a mindset of being overwhelmed and controlled by the situations around us, or we can remember and believe that Jesus Christ actually sets us free. So how does Christ sets us free? This is a question I have heard several times throughout this month and this is how I have answered:

I am free to love.

I am free to be patient.

I am free to be generous.

I am free to follow Christ and into His calling on my life.

I am free to forgive and be forgiven.

I am free to fail, and to receive grace.

I am free from wanting people’s approval.

I am free to be accepted by God and accept God.

I am free to live like Christ.

I am free to be kind and gentle.

I am free to be thankful.

I am free to run Christ.

I am free to walk with Christ.

All of this, and much more, gives me great peace.

I am free and so are you.

To anyone who reads this, I invite you to accept the freedom that life in Christ can bring. There is a sense of peace and joy that enters into our soul that allows us to handle any situation that arises because Christ is with you and is with me.


Published by Ryan Stratton

Ryan Stratton is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves with his wife, Amanda, along with their children. He writes about life, faith, and leadership through his blog.

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