A Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm syndrome is a condition in which hostages develop a psychological alliance with or affection for their captors during captivity. The term was first used in 1973 when four hostages taken from a bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden, defended their captors, and refused to testify against them in court.

You’ll agree with me that this is indeed a strange condition. Apostle Paul would agree with me too on the strangeness of it. Not because the term “Stockholm syndrome” was in use during his time, but because he had experienced similar behaviour from his Galatian disciples.

The Gospel of the Grace of Jesus was what Paul preached and taught to the Galatian church, yet they could not stop gravitating to the Law whose sole purpose was (or is) to serve as a prison of sorts, a schoolmaster to make them (us) aware of their (our) sins, until the acceptance of the Grace of God unto salvation, Jesus.

Somehow the Galatians thought that practicing the Law would bring them salvation, and true liberty. But in actual sense it kept them bound from experiencing the liberty that comes with faith in Jesus for Salvation, and thus they frustrated the Grace of God upon their lives ( Galatians 2:21).

For this reason, Apostle Paul admonished them to stand fast in Liberty.

stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage

Galatians 5:1

The word “standfast” implies perseverance and persistence in staying in Christ’s liberty. Many times, we are often tempted to think that being saved and being truly free from sin and its fruits, can’t be solved by something as simple as believing in Jesus for Salvation. We then tend to do extra, and encumber ourselves with man made traditions and religions, all in the attempt to please God.

Jesus has done it all for you. You’re accepted by God once you believe this. Stay in this freedom. Let nothing convince you that you need to do more than believing in the sacrifice of Jesus to be saved, and to eventually see His face in Heaven. When we understand this, and understand God’s plans and intentions towards us, a lifestyle of godliness will be our automatic response.

Don’t fall in love with “the Law”, stay in the freedom of Jesus.

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