Living in Bondage

Freedom is one of humanity’s most prized treasures. Yet every human being is born in captivity to sin. Jesus said anyone who commits sin is a slave to it (John 8:34). The only way to be set free is if the Lord releases you. Salvation that Jesus provides is permanent liberation.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, February 3, 2023.

Jesus sets us free

The word captive conjures up some very specific imagery. Usually, it includes a person wearing shackles or someone being thrown into a dark prison. But the truth is, we’re all captives to one thing or another. It could be something obvious like drugs or pornography, both of which do great harm and keep us from glorifying God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:18-20). However, there are thousands of things, many of them seemingly harmless, that keep us from the true freedom Jesus provides. (See Luke 4:18.) Perhaps you are captive to praise and suffer whenever you feel overlooked. Or it might be that you crave success and spend too much time striving for wealth or power. Yes, even good things like hard work and relationships can keep us in bondage if we’re not careful. But thankfully, Jesus came to set the captives free – all of us. Think about places in your life where you aren’t truly free. This will require some time spent in prayer and meditation-you can also use a journal if it helps. Figure out where you are being restrained, and ask God to help you shake off those bonds.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, July 3, 2022.

Joy and Healing

Now and again we’re all bound to feel hurt by others. However, God doesn’t want us to be trapped by the hurts we’ve suffered. Nor does He want us to be so crushed by our experiences that we feel worthless. Those who know the Savior will find comfort, healing, and trust in the Father’s love. Then, painful experiences can make us more like Jesus so we can glorify Him with our responses.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, March 18, 2022.


A resentful spirit can grow into a terrible burden that isn’t healthy to carry through life. Forgiving characterizes who we are in Christ, and it’s truly in our best interest to pardon others, even when difficult. Jesus promised to make us free (John 8:36), so choose to be liberated from your hurt.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, November 20, 2021.