2 Peter 2:19
19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.
“They” is referring to false teachers. In the bible, there were people who would go around teaching wrong in the name of Jesus. Big no-no. It is one thing to say and do the wrong things, but claiming them in the name of Jesus is another. These people were slaves of corruption, as the texts reminds us. Enslaved by evil desires.
Evil desires and sin are one in the same. After reading this verse a few times I found myself interchanging some words. It really opened my eyes to sin in a new way. “Sin promises freedom, but sin causes us to be slaves of corruption.”
Sin promises freedom, but makes us slaves to it. When I think of being enslaved, I think of doing something I don’t want to. There comes a point with sin where this is the case. We start by doing it because it feels good, but quickly realize it leaves us feeling empty.
Jesus never wanted this for us. Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree. Since then it has been a battle between our desires and God’s desires. Always remember this, we are not called to be sinless, but to sin less. If we are striding towards Jesus and making the right steps forward every day, I believe Jesus will be hyped, for lack of better words.
What am I enslaved to?
Am I taking the right steps forward today?
Dear Lord, thank you for setting us free. True freedom comes through you. You broke the chains of sin and slavery. For that we thank you. Amen.
Have a great week!