For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17 NLT)
Those who were trying to be saved by keeping the Old Testament law were soon tied up in rules and ceremonies. But now, through the Holy Spirit, God provides freedom from sin and condemnation (Romans 8:1). When we trust Christ to save us, he removes our heavy burden of trying to please him and our guilt for failing to do so. By trusting Christ we are loved, accepted, forgiven, and freed to live for him. “Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. (2 Corinthians 3:16 NLT)
When Moses came down Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, his face was radiant from being in God’s presence (Exodus 34:29-35). Moses had to put on a veil to keep the people from being terrified by the brightness of his face. Paul adds that this veil kept them from seeing the radiance fade away. This veil illustrates the fading of the old system and the veiling of the people’s minds because of their pride, hardness of heart, and refusal to repent. The veil kept them from understanding references to Christ in the Scriptures. When anyone becomes a Christian, the veil is taken away (3:16), giving eternal life and freedom from bondage. That person can then be like a mirror reflecting God’s glory.
The amazing thing about salvation is that we are free from sin. We carry the burdens of the world and our daily struggles before we are born again. We are set free from all those sins and burdens if we accept Jesus as our savior. At the same time, Jesus died for our sin, he was resurrected by power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was set upon the earth at the same time. That is the Spirit that Paul is talking about that will guide us. If we believe. That is the Spirit that creates the freedom. That is the voice that tells us to make the right, choices. Sure, we can ignore it as many of us do. At that point the feeling of guilt and condemnation is upon us. Sometimes we feel so bad about our own bad choices that we want to blame others for us making wrong decision and choices. And those others are many times the ones closest to us.
As I was meditating on this scripture the Holy Spirit guided me to look at the previous verse and read this verse in context. Whenever we call on the Name of the Lord, He will be there for us. That’s the promise God makes. So just as the verse says, the veil of sin is lifted from us. It is taken away. The burdens of the world is taken from us.
When I made that choice to accept Jesus as my savior. My family and friends watched to see me fail. Yes I did, but everyday I endeavor to be better for God. People now see God living in me. This walk with God it’s not easy, it’s just like a marriage. You see, all you successful people will know that, nothing worthwhile comes easy. It takes hard work and commitment. Just like a marriage.
You see accepting Jesus as my savior I learnt to “Love” again. Jesus gave me a heart of flesh removed the stony parts. I do everything with far more compassion and love than before.
“Lord, I pray that I will be a mirror for you. Remove the stone from my heart, make it soft, to care. I pray that my family will see the change in me. I thank you for salvation. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”