“All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us” (Revelation 1:5b, NLT).

Everyone wants to be free—free to do what they want, to be who they are, to express themselves with no restrictions. To many people, the freedom to do as they please includes doing things they know are wrong, but as long as no one gets hurt, they reason it’s not a problem. But there is a problem because sin always hurts someone either immediately or at some point in time. That’s why God hates it.

Jesus shed his blood to free us from sin and its consequences, which is enormous for us. But what are we to do with that freedom? It’s not license to sin as some have posited. The freedom we receive in Christ allows us to really live—to love and be loved without guilt or fear; to be in fellowship with God; to be under grace, not the constant fear of punishment; to be God’s adopted children and to find our significance in him, not in any of the inconsequential trappings of this fleeting life. This is true freedom and true love—God’s freedom and love, given to us in Jesus.