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Posted on: 7-15-112014

Recently I saw an episode on TV in which a woman had been kidnapped and held captive for several years.  Her captor abused her mentally, emotionally, sexually, and physically to the point where she was barely alive.  When the police found her, she was bound by chains that only allowed her to move around a few feet.  When the police burst into the room, she didn’t even look up.  She just looked at the floor, as if her very spirit had given up.  It wasn’t until the police tried to remove her chains that she made any sound at all.  When they tried to free her, she begged them not to do so.  She resisted every effort they made to rescue her.  Later in the episode, she spoke to a police psychiatrist and told him that she really didn’t want to be freed…she had been in bondage so long that it was really the only life she knew.  She had come to find comfort in the familiarity of her chains because it was what she was accustomed to.  I’ve been thinking about that show a lot since seeing it.  At first, I thought it seemed insane that anyone in that situation wouldn’t want to be freed from their bondage.  But, the more I think about it, the more I realize that we all may have some shackles that we would just as soon stay chained to as to be set free.  Our chains don’t look like the chains that this woman was held by…our chains look more like pride, arrogance, judgmental attitudes, unforgiveness, hatred, prejudices, bitterness, greed, jealousy…the list goes on and on.  The chains we like to stay in bondage to are called sins.  As Christians, we have no excuse for staying chained because Jesus has already set us free.  However, we, like the woman in the TV episode, may find actual comfort in the familiarity of our sin.  Even though that very sin is destroying us and choking the very life out of us, we think we can’t survive without it.  We may be afraid of what life may look like without that sin because we’ve been chained to it so long, we don’t know any other life. Funny how it doesn’t sound quite so insane in this light, isn’t it? No matter what chains you or I have been allowing to keep us captive, they are no match for the love of Jesus.  He has already broken every shackle…He has granted us freedom.  Now, it’s up to us to live as if we’re free!

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

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