Memorial Day

by Jeff A. Jenkins
flagsmemorial.jpgA number of outstanding articles have come through my email today reminding me that Monday is Memorial Day.
Some of them speak of how we should remember our military personnel who have given their lives in the defense of our freedom.
Some speak of those who lost their lives in wars long ago. Others speak of our men and women who have lost their lives in the war in Iraq.
It is fitting and proper that we pay tribute to those who have made our freedoms possible. It has been stated many times, “Freedom isn’t Free.”
The cost of the freedom that we enjoy is the blood of men and women who loved our nation. On Monday, Memorial Day gatherings will take place in towns and cities throughout the country.
One day before celebrating Memorial Day, another very special memorial service will take place. Christians all around the world will stop and give thanks for the freedoms we have in Christ.
The greatest freedom we have in this life is freedom from sin. In the book of Romans, Paul discusses the freedom we have. “…having been freed from sin, you became slaves to righteousness” (Romans 6:18).
Just a few verses later, he repeats the thought, “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life” (Romans 6:22).
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).
What is true of our national freedom is also true of our spiritual freedom. The spiritual freedoms we enjoy are not free. They have borne the price of blood.
This time it is the blood of only one man. Our freedoms were paid for with the blood of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
May God help us never forget to give thanks to him for the wonderful freedoms that are ours!

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