Romans 8: 1-2 (NIV)

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.

Happy Monday Morning! I pray that you are doing well this morning. I know many of you are in the “back to school” mode and you are hitting the road earlier than ever. I am amazed that we are in the last week of August. Where did summer go? Today I wanted to encourage us to live free- free like we never have before!

I have been reminded several times recently of the freedom we have been given. I don’t know about you but sometimes I totally forget this truth. Many days I condemn myself or I beat myself up for falling so short of God’s expectations of me. So I pray that if you too tend to be too hard on yourself that this message will inspire you to live more free today!

It seems man wants to get caught up in the laws and rules too much. It’s nothing new. People from the beginning of time have put God in a box and boxed our lifestyles too! The good news today is this; NO ONE will ever be good enough to enter the gates of heaven. The law was simply given to us so that we would know God’s best for us! God knew from the beginning of time we would never be able to keep all of His commandments and that is why He gave His only Son, Jesus, to make us free! God set us free at the cost of His Son dying on a cross for us. The least that we can do is to respond to this great love for us and to live FREER today knowing He loves us unconditionally no matter what our sins may be!

My challenge this week: quit beating ourselves up trying to earn anything from God. God has given us His everything, His Son dying on a cross for us and His extravagant love unconditional love too. May we all accept this freeing truth- we don’t deserve His great love nor can we earn it. Jesus died to set us free. May we live freer today than ever before knowing and receiving God’s gift and love deep within our hearts today!