By Michelle Muff

 

 

 

Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him,
 “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples,
 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”” ~ John 8:31-32

 

The truth will set you free. 

True freedom comes from knowing, loving, and serving God. We can learn the truth by studying God’s word. By living and breathing in the sacraments of the Catholic church, we can strive to open our hearts to grace and live free.

A Slave to Sin

Jesus spoke to the Jews who believed in Him but did not understand. They felt they were already free, stating that they were not enslaved by anyone. Perhaps they were comfortable with their physical needs being met and did not understand or realize the yoke of slavery was their sin. 

They had ears but could not hear; they had eyes but could not see. (Mark 18:18) Jesus was highlighting a paradigm shift focusing on the spiritual realm of the nature of sin and its consequences.

We Are Truly Free

Jesus empathized that we are in God’s household as adopted sons and daughters of the King. Therefore, we are free! Through Him, in Him, with Him, and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, we can pronounce “Abba Father.” Can you believe it? We are adopted daughters of the King! Let that sink in for a moment.  

Building Walls

I am a professional counselor providing therapy to clients who have experienced deep woundedness from past traumas. Walls around the heart are often a coping mechanism learned early in life to self-protect and keep emotions at a distance. It is not easy to open the heart to forgive, trust others, and receive grace to hear the word of God. Jesus is offering us freedom. Through Jesus, we can be free from our sin, receive grace, and live in joy as daughters and sons of the King!  

 

 

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus. I bow my head in humility, asking you to help me open my heart to your grace so that I may receive forgiveness for my sin and live in the joy of the Lord as a daughter of the King.

 

Call to Action:

  1. Take time today and pause to reflect on what it means to be in the household of God.
  2. Reflect on ways that you have built walls around your heart to self-protect.
  3. Go to confession to restore the life of grace in your soul.   

 

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