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Obedience: Week 3 - Devotion 2

“Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” - John 8:34-36

Before we have a relationship with Christ, we are slaves to sin. Sin controls us. This sin keeps us totally separated from God. We are left feeling weighed down by discouragement, frustration, bitterness, and shame. We're stripped of hope. It is Jesus, Himself, who sets us free from sin being "over" us. The freedom Jesus gives is total and complete, full of compassion, love, and peace. However, there is a responsibility that comes with this freedom. We are given an eternal place in the family of God. It means we now not only understand that we are no longer held captive to sin, but we WANT to live in obedience to Christ. In your daily decisions of where you go, who you spend time with, and what you do, if you're honest, who is in charge of your life?

Is it truly Jesus? Or are you still trying to do things your own way? When we want our own way more than His, we aren’t living as His child.

Think about this: 

  • Looking back at your list of your choices in your day-to-day life from “The Last Word” in Bible Study this week, who is really your master?

  • If you have been set “free” from sin, what does it mean to be “free indeed?”

Emily Traylor