On this day when we celebrate freedom in the United States, I want to reflect on God’s Freedom. It’s a freedom that comes through offering grace and mercy to others. This scripture gives me much to reflect on.
The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners. God sent me to announce the year of his grace— a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies— and to comfort all who mourn, To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit. Rename them “Oaks of Righteousness” planted by God to display his glory. They’ll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They’ll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new. You’ll hire outsiders to herd your flocks and foreigners to work your fields, But you’ll have the title “Priests of God,” honored as ministers of our God. You’ll feast on the bounty of nations, you’ll bask in their glory. Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, Your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever. (Isaiah 61:1-7 MSG)
Freedom is never free. God challenges me to participate in bringing freedom to others. How can bring the grace and mercy I have received to others? How am I being God’s instrument in my community? I need to look deeply at my actions and my intentions.
How are you bringing God’s freedom to others? How are you be challenged? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.