People from all facets of experience, from the self help author to the concentration camp survivor, have concluded that the ultimate freedom is the ability to choose one’s response to a situation. Perhaps this is what Jesus meant when He said “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.”
Confronted with unfairness, my natural tendency is to retaliate. Yet as a follower of Christ, I am free to love in return. When treated unkindly, holding a grudge is a possible reaction. God’s Spirit, however, grants me liberty to forgive. Showing mercy to those who may deserve judgment; finding joy in difficult circumstances; knowing peace through turmoil … these are further freedoms that I enjoy as His child.
The source of all this independence is the bottomless well of grace available to all God’s children. Like beggars assisting other beggars, we draw from it and pass the cup to our companions on the journey. Without this, we would all be prisoners of our selfishness, with no choice but to act accordingly.
It’s good to be free.