«Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage» (Galatians 5:1).
VALLE DE PAZ, Belize. Tie sky, a greyish blue, announced a downpour. It was 9:00 in the morning of September 24, 2016, when I was walking in that area, in front of their peculiar dwellings of clay with palm roofs. My shoes, stained by mud, finally entered the tiny local Adventist church. There was Lia, a short indigenous woman who stood out as a true leader.
They were having Communion that day and I asked Lia if she would allow me to wash her feet. When we finished, we stood aside to pray together, and it was then that she told me her personal tragedy. Lia was married with children, but at some point, in her life, she had been unfaithful to her husband. She had repented of that mistake and had given her life to Christ. She was now a fervent church member and believer in the Lord. However, one of her children had told their father the whole story, and now that man was making life impossible for her. He had assaulted her violently and had threatened to kill the children, her, and the man with whom she had had the affair, and then take his own life. Lia, filled with bravery, had said to him firmly, «Kill me if you want; I repented of my sin a long time ago, I asked God for forgiveness, and I know He forgave me. I am ready to die or to live.» That is the type of bravery that is found in the freedom found in Christ.
Dear friend, perhaps in the past, through your ignorance of the love of Christ, you lived in a way that appalls you today, and the consequences of those acts pursue you. Do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Do not go back to that darkness that is lived without Christ. If He has forgiven you your sin, you are free; accept that forgiveness and go forward. Now you can face what is in your path, but knowing that you are not alone, that He is with you. You have left the bondage of sin and now you are a strong, brave daughter of God; you are a woman of faith.
Like Lia, stand firm in the paths of God and stay away from evil. You are not alone; God is with you.