According to the 2014 Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) offender population profile, about eight out of 10 male and seven out of 10 female offenders have previous convictions. They just couldn’t keep their freedom.
For the same reason, many have been “healed” only to relapse again. The healing could be spiritual, marital, addictions, emotional, or even physical but then the “sickness” returned.
How is that possible you may ask? Why would anyone prefer life behind bars to enjoying the beautiful life out there? Why are people not able to keep their freedom? But more importantly, and that is my focus in this article, how can one keep their freedom? How do you keep from falling?
Paul has an answer in his letter to the church in Galatia: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1)
To enjoy your freedom, you’ve got to stand and make it firm. The forces that hold you bound wouldn’t want you to believe that you’re free or that you can be free. Years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, many Blacks were still being used as slaves.
So, how do you stand firm? Very simple: You need to stand with support. For example, if you’re holding on to a tree in the midst of a storm, it might be difficult to be yanked off so easily. If you’re holding on to a support, you can’t be easily push down or pull off. Even mere standing by a wall gives you enough resistance against any oppositional force.
We have people around us who can provide support for us–at our workplace, in our family, among our friends, not to talk of tremendous amount of resources in the community. You don’t have to stand alone. Why would you be living on an island and still die of thirst! Find someone to stand with you in your difficult moment. Two, says the Scripture, are better than one.
I see you stand firm. I see you overcome all the challenges confronting you. I see you coming out of that mess. It’s a new day for you.