Daily Devotional Acts 15:19-21 – What does the Bible say about freedom in Christ? – Free Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 582

“Now here is my decision. We should not make it hard for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Here is what we should write to them. They must not eat food that has been made impure by being offered to statues of gods. They must not commit sexual sins. They must not eat the meat of animals that have been choked to death. And they must not drink blood. These laws of Moses have been preached in every city from the earliest times. They are read out loud in the synagogues every Sabbath day.” (Acts 15:19-21)

Humans want freedom. But how far should our freedom extend? Should we be required to get vaccinated or should we be able to choose for ourselves whether we want to get vaccinated or not. In answering that question, we always ask, “What is better for me.” But do we also educate ourselves on what epidemiologists (not the press) say and ask ourselves, “What is better for humanity?”

We have freedom in Christ. Galatians 5:1 says, “We have freedom now because Christ made us free. So, stand strong. Do not change and go back into the slavery of the law.” We walk into freedom when we accept Jesus as our Savior. He set us free from death and the confining laws of Moses so that we can have a personal relationship with God for eternity.

But we must pursue the freedom Jesus gave us and not return to the slavery of the law. We can only be free by trusting God to forgive us and giving up the burden of negative thoughts and feelings that come when we break the law. Jesus died so we could have joy. In the fruits of the spirit, the personality traits Jesus has and wants us to have, joy is listed as second, next to love.

James made a decision not to make difficult laws for the Gentiles to follow. But He also knew his brother, Jesus, wanted the church to be one body. Adding a couple laws that Jewish Christians considered essential (compromise) kept the early church from splitting.

Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 8:9, 13 to be careful that the freedom we exercise doesn’t offend others. When we exercise the love and joy we have in Christ, we won’t do anything that would cause another to fall.

Father God, I praise you for the freedom I have through Christ. Help me not to be negative and exercise the love and joy I have through Jesus. Give me the wisdom to understand others, so I don’t cause another to fall. In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.

Daily Devotional Acts 15:19-21 – What does the Bible say about freedom in Christ? – Free Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 582

2 thoughts on “Daily Devotional Acts 15:19-21 – What does the Bible say about freedom in Christ? – Free Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 582

  1. The first thing I thought of while thinking of freedom was the take over of Afghanistan by the Taliban. The people are desperate to leave their country because they know what their lives will be like under Taliban rule. They will not have freedom. I know very little about the Koran and the Muslim religion. The Taliban are radicals and do not represent the true Muslim faith. Do Muslims have freedom through Allah? The whole situation there makes me so thankful that we have freedom in America and freedom through Christian religion and faith. When we let the Holy Spirit into us, God protects us and gives us joy and love. I am praying for all of us this morning, that God will keep watch over us and our families and our nation.

    1. Allah is our God. The Muslim faith was established through the union of Abraham and Sarah’s slave’s, Hagar. They had a son, Ishmael. Ishmael learned about God from Abraham and Sarah. Unfortunately, Muslims are like most Jews and don’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God. Since forgiveness and salvation comes only through Christ, they do not have freedom. They live by the laws of the Quran as the Jews live by the laws of Moses. We cannot have peace trying to keep all those laws because God made it impossible for humans to do so. He wanted us to need a savior. Even slaves can have freedom through Christ. They may have to do what their owners tell them to do, but they can still know God’s forgiveness and choose to do what their owners tell them to do with God’s love and strength. There are many stories of slaves singing Gospel songs and being happy while doing things they didn’t want to do. I love you, Sis.

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