Happy 4th of July to all the American readers.
And especially to our troops who throughout our history have secured and defended our freedom. It's such a noble thing to put your life on the line for the benefit of others.
Of course, that's exactly what Jesus did. "No one shows greater love than when he lays down his life for his friends" (John 15:13, ISV). Jesus secures and defends our ultimate freedom. "He sets the prisoners free and gives them joy" (Psalm 68:6b, NLT).
Through Christ and the new covenant of grace, God gives us the utmost freedom - and then tells us repeatedly to manage it wisely. Be mature. Not selfish. Consider others, not just your own desires. Be willing to serve.
So thanks and blessings to all who have, and are, serving God and country.
Now, off to grill some chicken, corn and zucchini and enjoy a poolside potluck with family and friends. Have a good one!