The Nature of Freedom

Opinion by Anna Jensen

Image by Tumisu from Pixabay 

It was for this freedom that Christ set us free [completely liberating us]. (Galatians 5:1, AMP)

Over the last few months, governments have exerted their authority in ways unfamiliar to many of us, citizens have taken to the streets in protest at the curtailing of their rights, pent up frustration has led to disorder and chaos, questions have been asked and hearts have been searched. My own response has been to question the nature of true freedom a little more deeply.

Paul declares in Galatians that, “Christ has set us free, completely liberating us” from the law of sin and death. However, in his letter to the Corinthians he also explains that, “Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible” (1 Corinthians 9:19 NIV).

True freedom, then, is when I have all the rights and freedoms of a child of the living God—no government, friend, or enemy can steal them from me— and yet, in order that others may come to know the Jesus who has completely saved and liberated me, I can choose to lay them down in favour of another.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” (John 15:13 KJV).

True Freedom

Poem by Anna Jensen

Free to—

live large and loud

      laugh rambunctiously

Spread wide, enlarge far.

To dance wild and run fast,

scale heights

conquer mountains

capture sunrise.

Bask in summer’s warmth

       play in spring’s promise.

To do or don’t

To touch or not

To speak with bravery of conscience

Free to— 

tread softly

                 leaving little more than silent footprints

To sit beside

    to wait, to hold

Or wipe a wayward tear.

To gather close beside your autumn heart

be still in winter’s pause.

To do what brings you calm

bestows peace

        offers hope

Or simple reassurance.

To be, for you, 

a refuge and a comfort

        a boundaried place of safety

A friend who lays down freedom

in preference to yours.

About Anna Jensen


Jensen is a British ex-pat who has lived in South Africa for nearly as long as in England. Under its wide-open sky, Jensen writes in response to a call from Jesus to “write what she sees in a book.”  Her first book, The Outskirts of His Glory, was published in May of this year.

Contact Jensen at: Website, Twitter (@annalouj) and Instagram (@annaloujens).

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5 thoughts on “The Nature of Freedom

  1. Anna, this reminds me of when I studied “Literature of the Holocaust” many decades ago. The authors wrote of how they held on to their freedom while held captive in the camps. It also reminds me to give thanks for the eternal freedom we’ve been given through Christ’s death and resurrection. No matter what the enemy tries to do, I’m already free. Thank You, Abba!


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