Freedom is a choice. It’s a decision to trace back the roots of our scars, the wounds we hold so deep, allowing God to replace it with life. It’s not an easy process, it’s painful and it hurts… but God longs to restore us! I’ve learned that there is beauty in authenticity. That being real with others builds unity and gives room for healing. Not only to ourselves but to people who otherwise would not have opened up; it brings conviction.
I’m learning that it’s a daily process, it’s renewing your mind, inviting God to do life with you, and saying no to condemnation. It’s the choice to own your story, to not allow the bad things in your past to prevent you from living the rest of your life. The realization that God doesn’t love us for what we do, but instead for who we are. Freedom is choosing to forgive the person that gave you those scars, to not be burdened any longer by the poison of bitterness but to be reminded that each person is valuable, and release this burden on God who is so ready to relieve us of the weight. To fight fear with love, and decide to not hold back but to stand up, to be fearfully courageous over and over again until it no longer is an obstacle. Perfect love casts out all fear, and Gods love for us is perfect. He is never going to love us more or less than he does in this moment. This blows my mind!
God is not complex, he is not trying to trick us or make you solve his jigsaw puzzle to uncover the truth he just wants us to simply choose him. “Now the Lord is the spirit and where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom” (2 Cor 3:17), and it’s only when I’m here in his presence abiding in him that I am able to fully receive his freedom and walk in it.
Rachelle Tang – April 2014 Leadership DTS student