Is freedom my ability to do what I want when I want to? Is it about being able to live my life the way I want to live it regardless of the people around me? Is freedom about rejecting rules and living outside of rules? Do rules limit our freedom? Is freedom about not listening to others and having my own mind and doing what I want to do?
I believe freedom is much deeper than this.
The reality is that every decision we make in this life has been influenced in some way by the culture we live in and the past we have experienced. I can never make a free choice in life because if it is truly going to be my choice then it must be free from all external factors, and this is impossible. We do not live in a vacuum.
Freedom therefore is not about arbitrary choice (a choice that is made on impulse or a whim and not by necessity or reason). We are never able to truly do this.
Freedom is about love.
God is love, and he is utterly free in his love. He does not need anything or anyone to be loving. He has been love since before anything existed because he has existed for eternity as Father, Son and Spirit, a perfect loving community within Himself, who loves in perfect freedom.
Therefore, freedom is about love and experiencing the freedom of God and His love. Love is defined as self-giving and sacrificial. Love is defined at the Cross. Love is defined as we look at God.
If then, our lives do not reflect love, then we are not experiencing freedom, but become slaves to that which has mastered us. To experience love is to experience freedom.
God has revealed to us a way of life through Jesus that enables us to experience God's love and in experiencing God's love we experience freedom. Some things in life God calls us to resist because they seek to tear down love and in turn rob us of freedom. Freedom is not about breaking rules or making my choice. Love is not about following rules and never making a choice.
Freedom is to experience the love of God and to share in His love for us. Freedom is about following Jesus where He leads us in His love that we may have an abundant life.
'...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.' 2 Corinthians 3:17