For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
Paul spoke to the Galatians about being tied to the rigidity of the law and in this scripture, he spoke concerning the practice of circumcision. Paul’s teaching points to the grace of God which we receive through Christ Jesus as our gift of salvation. Because of our understanding that we are saved by grace and not by the works that we do as this is a free gift from God.
What a relief to know that we don’t have to be “good enough” for God to love us and Paul once described himself as the worst sinner. Paul was a Roman soldier who relentlessly pursued and terrorised the church until his remarkable transformation where Jesus met him on the road to Damascus. Acts 9:1-4
God transformed the passion and zeal which Paul used to persecute the church to spread the gospel throughout the region. Imagine that Paul wrote most of the New Testament while travelling to establish churches throughout the region. A man once a murderer transformed into a missionary and apostle of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
God’s concern with your past is how he can transform this for the establishment of his kingdom. God has thrown our sins into the depths of the sea because he has forgiven our sin and does not remain angry with us. Micah 7:18-19
You are free from condemnation and the guilt and shame of the past. Christ Jesus died to set you free and you no longer need to be tied to the bondage of the past. Pray, repent, renounce your attachment to the past and accept God’s freedom and forgiveness. Then walk in freedom and trust that you are forgiven and forgive yourself for the mistakes that you made because God has forgiven you.
If any of us were perfect then Jesus would not have died on the cross. We were all fallen and our sin separated us from God. So in accepting his death on the cross, we also accept the free gift of salvation and accept that we have been forgiven and set free. Now walk in freedom.