Freedom Is Not Free

Freedom. Independence. Liberty. All of these terms evoke feelings of joy, relief, and appreciation. On the physical level, thousands of men and women have died in order to secure and preserve the freedom that we enjoy today in the United States of America and in the other free nations around the world. Freedom from bondage and tyranny does not come without a price; freedom is not free. The price tag is measured in the lives of those who have fought and died in order to secure personal liberty and independence.

Seven Essentials of Loyalty to Christ

Much has been said recently about loyalty to Christ and allegiance to his leadership. In the current issue of one of our denominational weeklies it is edi­torially affirmed that loyalty to Christ is the chief “fundamental.” There are some things essential to this loyalty.

Seven Things God Hates

Many believers today emphasize the wonderful truth of God’s love, and rightly so, but at the same time they seem to forget the fact that God also hates that which is evil. Proverbs 6:16-19 speaks of seven specific things the Lord hates, all of which are “an abomination” to Him (v. 16) and which we also should hate and avoid. The Bible reveals many other things God hates, but let us consider the seven sins listed in this text. Read this portion and ask the Lord to help you heed these warnings. These common sins can affect even mature saints.

The Grace of Unselfishness

Unselfishness, which includes self-denial and self-sacrifice, is one of the chief charac­teristics of Christian life. It is in the very essence of true Christianity. The Lord Jesus is the great pattern of it. Consider how Philippians 2 sets this forth. He did not think of His own place and right. He did not cling to the Divine form and glory that were His. He laid them aside to take the lowly form and circumstances of a servant; as Man to be thus among needy, sinful men.

A World Full of Problems

The world is a real mess. Even non-Christians recognize this sad fact. Evil men continue to grow “worse and worse” in their actions and attitudes. This should come as no surprise to all who have a relationship with God, for the Bible declares that in the last days, men will be characterized by increasing wickedness and apostasy. Yet God’s Word also tells us that this evil is clothed in deceit and even appears as a “form of godliness” at times (2 Timothy 3:5). Evil men are deceivers, yet they themselves are also deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).

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