How Can I Have Freedom From Guilt? (2 of 5) by Jeff Strite

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How Can I Have Freedom From Guilt? (2 of 5)
Series: Got Questions?
Jeff Strite
John 8:31-36

This coming Tuesday is July 4th
And on this particular 4th of July our country will have been in existence 230 years.

Ours is a great nation because it has been built upon the principles of Scripture. Our very law is gleaned from the pages of the Old Testament, and many of it's principles were based upon God's Word.
Therefore, it's not surprising that the opening words of the Declaration of Independence declare that they held "these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"
Our nation's forefather's found that Scripture spoke about freedom… and so they determined that this new nation would be dedicated to creating that atmosphere. They forsaw America to be a place where freedom would be the foundation of everything they sought to do.

Because of that determination, we in America have been blessed with many freedoms that other nations don't have. But even with that foundation for our country, there is one freedom that America cannot give it's citizens. In fact, no government on the face of the earth can supply the freedom that Jesus talked about in John 8.

ILLUS: Back in the 80's Ann Landers wrote about her experience as a newspaper "answer lady." People would write to her with their problems and ask advice on how to deal with their children, their spouses, their bosses, etc.
In her book, Landers explained that one of the most difficult things that people struggled with is guilt and shame. "I've received letters brimming with self-recrimination - letters that prove no punishment is so painful as the self-inflicted kind. Here are a few examples:
'I let my boyfriend go too far. Now, when he sees me, he looks the other way. I'm so ashamed of myself I could just die.'
'I threw a dish towel in my mot ...

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