“He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.” ~Saint Augustine
This two weeks I spent a good deal of time reading Paradise Lost by John Milton. It is truly a wonderfully insightful book that made me look at the common Bible-story of Creation and the Fall. One thing that really struck me was the way Milton described Satan’s symbolic chains that bound him. His chains were his evil and his own helplessness to do any good without the Good. Inversely, Paul in the Bible, though in chains, was spiritually free because of his faith in God and his kindness toward men.
I want you all to know that no matter what goes on in life, you are never a slave to chains. If you abide in God, He will abide in you, and you will know the truth, and that truth will set you free. (paraphrase of John 8:31)
You might not be aware of this, but this week is National Suicide Prevention week. Normally, I’m not all into the “awareness” holidays and so forth. But suicide prevention is important to me because it has been very personal to me in the past. I have had suicidal friends, known people who have attempted suicide, and I’ve even struggled with it myself. I’m not trying to host a pity party here, but God has shown grace to me and allowed me to learn from those painful-at-times experiences. I’ve learned that nothing, not medication, not counseling, and not friendships, can fill the hollow hole that all have in their hearts until they fill it with Christ Jesus. No one is truly free from addiction, depression, suicidal ordeals, or crime histories without the Lord Jesus Christ vouching for them with God the Father.
Freedom is found through him who freed himself from death itself.