The Price of Freedom

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Webster’s Dictionary defines freedom as “the state of being free from the control or power of another.” In other words to have independence, not to be held captive or to be under subjection. Several years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC and tour the monuments. Truly one of the most touching sights was the Korean War Veterans Memorial which serves as a reminder of those brave men and women of the United States military forces who crossed the vast ocean to defend the people of a country that was unfamiliar to nearly each and every one of them.

The Pool of Remembrance is situated on a peninsula-like area, indicative of the peninsula of Korea, and lists the statistics of the war. Lined with black granite and surrounded by beautiful shade trees, a plaque on the wall reads, “Freedom is not free.”

Have you ever thought about the cost of freedom? At that moment I realized just how precious the gift of freedom truly is.

God desires for each of us to experience freedom in every area of our lives. He loves us so much that He sacrificed His only son to redeem us from the bondage and captivity of sin. Salvation is a gift from God that didn’t cost us anything. And even though we don’t deserve it nor could we ever earn it, Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for us to receive it. May we never forget that “Freedom is not free.”

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrated His own love for us in this while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

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