O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant, you have freed me from my chains. – Psalm 116:16


Frederick Douglass was separated from his mother as an infant. He was forced to work as a slave in the hot fields all day long. He was kicked, beaten, and whipped by his master. A few times he almost died.

Despite these harsh conditions, Douglass had second thoughts about escaping to freedom. In his personal narrative he wrote: “I had a number of warm-hearted friends in  Baltimore–friends that I loved almost as I did my life–and the thought of being separated from them forever was painful beyond expression.”

It’s difficult when life makes you choose between freedom and the people or things you love. But it’s a decision that we all face at one point or another. And it’s a decision that will determine the state of your heart and life for years to come.

True freedom comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ. What’s holding you back?

Steve Arterburn

The road to freedom is via the Cross. – Albert Luthuli