Image: Galatians 5:13

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Galatians 5:13 NKJV

Credit:YouVersion #youversion

Christ In Isaiah 61:1-4

Christ came to set the captive free – no matter what kind of yoke may be binding them.

He came to bind up the brokenhearted – no matter what broke the heart.

He came to open the eyes of the blind – no matter what may have veiled their vision.

– Breaking Free The Journey, The Stories by Beth Moore

Isaiah 61:1-4 (Luke 4:14-21 may also be read.)

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance or our God; to comfort all who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

Isaiah 60:1 “‘Comfort, yes, comfort My people!,’ says your God.”

Don’t Get Too Caught Up With The Law

Don’t get too caught up with the law, but by all means strive to obey God’s commands. Most certainly live by His standards.

For those like me who’ve wondered about doing what’s right in Gods eyes all the time and desiring to keep His Word and live by His standards and yet fall short, remember this:

Jesus desires mercy and not sacrifice.
God desires mercy and not sacrifice.

Jesus said it himself in Matthew 9:12 and 13. And we see it in the Old Testament book of Hosea chapter 6 verse 6.

Sacrifice – law – debt – paying a debt – repaying/ paying back/ fairness – guilty without paying. Law- no mercy – rules/following rules – no leeway – absolute judgment

Mercy – sin forgotten – debt forgotten – free/freedom – guilt free – welcomed and accepted – wanted

Matthew 9:12, 13 “When Jesus heard that, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.’ But go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'”
This is so awesome!

To God belong all glory, honor, and praise. May He give you wisdom, knowledge and understanding in Jesus’ name. Amen.