John 8:31 – Verse of the Day 10/14/14
What does it mean to be truly free? People look for freedom in all kinds of things, some of them good and some of them bad. In this verse, Jesus reminds us that the only freedom that lasts for eternity is found through faith in him. The only way to be truly free is to put our trust in Jesus.
The Gospel of John frequently emphasizes this relationship between Jesus, the truth, and freedom. Elsewhere John tells us that Jesus is the truth, and therefore also the way and the life. After Jesus tells his disciples to abide in his Word, in the very next verse he goes on to tell them “the truth will set you free.” Jesus is the source of eternal freedom that comes through the forgiveness of sin, and when we follow his wise teachings he is the source of true life in our present lives as well.
Although we know in our hearts that God’s word is true and worthy of our trust, we often forget this reality when we experience the pressures and temptations of everyday life. Spend some time in prayer asking God for a heart to believe and a will to follow the wisdom he gives us in his word.