June 26 Freedom from Bondage

Scripture reading: Psalm 101:1–8

Key verses: Ephesians 4:31–32

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

The young man told of the anger and bitterness consuming his life. Finally, in frustration he said, “I feel trapped just like a bird tied to a short tether. I want to be free, but it doesn’t seem possible.”

Many believers feel just as trapped as this man. For years they have been bound by old habits, feelings, or physical addictions that God never meant for them to bear.

One of the first steps to freedom from bondage is acceptance. You must accept God’s personal love for you. No matter what your circumstances may be, Jesus loves you.

The second step is to ask God to forgive and cleanse you from any sin in your life. Forgiveness of others is also a key factor. Until you forgive those who have hurt you, you will never experience true freedom.

A third step is to be honest with God about your feelings and weaknesses. If you have suffered disappointment, tell Him about it. He cares and wants you to know that you can bring anything to Him in prayer.

A final step toward freedom is to ask God to help you gain His perspective on your situation. God is your dearest Friend. He promises to take care of you and provide for your deepest needs. Ask Him to reveal His personal love for you and the grace that is yours in Christ.

Father, help me be honest with You about my feelings and weaknesses. Cleanse me from any sin in my life and help me forgive others.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 185). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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