Tied Up in Chains

In the story of Jesus’ healing we’ll explore together tomorrow, Luke 8:26-39, a man is literally and figuratively tied up in chains.  We think we are perhaps not at all like him.  I fear however, we are more like him than we want to admit.

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Paul, Romans 7:15

I understand completely how Paul feels.  I find my good intentions falling aside, my desires to change a habit lacking sufficient will-power, and my self-control rather undisciplined.  I want to do it on my own.  But, alas – I cannot.  There are indeed chains that bind.

Fortunately for us, Jesus came to set us free.  But we must be willing to be set free.  That freedom may require us to do things we’re not sure we want to do.  But that freedom is the only way to life.  And life, after all, is what Jesus wants us to have.

May we find time to quiet our fears, still our insecurities and give up control to let the peace of Christ enter into our hearts, our spirits, our minds and our bodies.  See you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 am.

God bless you,

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