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We learn from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans that in Christ we are set free, free into a life of meaning, into a life that makes a difference. 

 

The Apostle Paul wrote, “O the good that I would do, but I don’t.”  He writes about how sin grips each of us, personally.   We have been learning from Paul that “While we are yet sinners, Christ gives up his life for us.”  Paul then writes, “There is therefore, now, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  There is no condemnation – instead, we are given a whole new life.  And it is for always; Paul writes that “Nothing . . . will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

No condemnation, but a whole new life, a life in the Spirit of God.  Christ sets us free into a life where God’s love flows through us to others.   Our spirits are alive.  We are released from the sin that would hold us down.

 

What does being set free look like?  It could easily be something you are already doing.  It’s that thing that you do that reaches out with care, making a difference. And it’s all the other things you do, often on a daily basis, which helps to make this world be a better place.

 

But it might be that God is setting you free, these days, into something new.  Perhaps some need has come to your attention and you find yourself thinking about it as the days go on.  Perhaps something happened “by chance” and you have new awareness, this deeper understanding of something that possibly needs what you could offer.

 

In Christ, we are set free into a life in which the power of God sweeps through us to make a  positive difference in this world. 

Pastor Tim Berdahl

 

 
For more information about Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd please contact us at 218-525-1922.
We are located at 1325 N. 45th Ave. E. Duluth, MN  55804
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