THE BONDAGE OF SIN

John 8:31-36

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

The prisoner had languished behind bars for more than two decades. Over the years, though, he had repented of his crimes and wanted to reenter society. The parole board took his years of obedient service into strong consideration during the review of his case. When the order was handed down to release him, the guards walked the corridor to his cell, keys jangling. They turned the lock, swung the door open, and said, “You’re free to go. Pick up your things at the desk.”

But the prisoner just stood there as if confused. They explained what happened, but still he didn’t move. In fact, he decided to live in his cell for the rest of his life. He had the opportunity to live as a free and unfettered man, but he chose captivity. Does this story sound strange? Of course, it does. What rational person would want to stay in jail?

But that’s what a believer does when he chooses to remain in bondage to a sin. It’s as though you are standing behind bars, right next to an open door. Jesus wants you to turn to Him for freedom, but you have to decide that His liberation is better than the temporary thrills that sin seems to offer.

Lord, thank You for Your grace that frees me from the bondage of sin. I receive it with thanksgiving!

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