Ultimate Freedom

Photography has always been one of my passions. I love to bring out the detail of nature in a photo, so that everyone can
enjoy it. In my early twenties, I went through a stage of wanting to take photos of things or places, to illustrate Bible verses.
That came to mind recently, when a friend was telling me she had trouble forgiving herself. Yes, she could forgive others, and
she had asked God to forgive her, but truly loving and forgiving herself, was another matter.
I remembered a photograph I had taken of two camellia flowers. One was blood red, and the other was the purest white I had
ever seen. The contrast made me think of a verse in Isaiah chapter 1, so I photographed it, surrounded by the red and white
flowers. My photo now proclaimed “Come now, let us reason together”, says the Lord. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they
shall be as white as snow: though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” I also reminded my friend of Ps 103:12, “As
far as sunrise is from sunset, He has separated us from our sins”.
How easily I could understand Joan’s thoughts and feelings. For many years of my Christian life, I was convinced that God
couldn’t really love me, because of…and then I would bring out my long list of sins. What I didn’t grasp then, was the truth
about His GRACE. And what was this ‘grace’? It was His undeserved favour, mercy, and spiritual blessing toward me.
When I finally realised how unconditional God’s love was for me, that my confessed sins, no matter how many or awful they
were, were covered by the blood of Christ…then I was FREE to begin to love and forgive myself. Why should I do any less than
my God and Father?
Eph.4:7-8 reads “Because of the sacrifices of the Messiah, His blood poured out on the altar of His Cross, we are a free people
– free of the penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!”
Cynthia Rowse
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