And the truth will set you free.
In John 8:34-36, Jesus said "“Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
This Easter we will celebrate the moment in which the Son set us free.
The disciples questioned Jesus at the Mount of Olives when he spoke these words. They were descendants of Abraham, they weren't slaves. And there were plenty of slaves back then. But they weren't an enslaved people, so what was he talking about slaves?
But Jesus knew that when they sinned, they were choosing to give something else, something worldly, higher value than God the Father and his will. Thus they were enslaved by the sin they committed because through sinning they worshiped worldly things like money, prosperity, popularity, greed, appearance, etc. etc.
Lent is the perfect time to reflect on your own sin and figure out what you're worshipping. What are you enslaved by because of the sins you commit? Could be something big, could be a bunch of little things.
Reflection on those sins is good. But don't let that reflection turn into self pity. Sure, you may not like admitting to yourself the sinful things that have enslaved you. No one likes that. But as you reflect, remember that you don't have to be a slave to those sins anymore. Your chains have been broken. By Jesus' sacrifice, you have been set free.
So choose to accept Jesus' sacrifice and to live like you believe it's true. Choose to avoid the slavery of sin and continue to seek God's forgiveness through Confession. And you will be free indeed.
Have a free day