Sunday, August 18, 2019

Identity #12 - The Identity That Makes You Free

(Redeemer sanctuary)

Our freedom is a function of our anchorage. The more we are attached (addicted; French attache) to the affirmation and rejection of other people, the less free we are. 

I know this from personal experience. I have been too attached, too connected, to what people think of me. This has prevented me from thinking of other people, without conditions. Which is how Jesus thinks about us.

The way out of this bondage is to discover your true self, who you are, and what you are intended to be. Which is: a child of God, forgiven, loved, and restored to community with God. 

You are beloved of God. The more this truth has descended from my mind into my heart and has become my being, my core identity, the more I experience the freedom Christ has called me to. Included in this is freedom to love others as God loves me. One sign of this true experiential freedom is: compassion towards others.

I love the way Henri Nouwen expresses this. He writes: "The identity that makes you free is anchored beyond all human praise and blame. (Nouwen, 
The Inner Voice of Love, 70)