July 4 - also known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day - is one of the most observed holidays across America. Every year, we celebrate the freedom and grace we all enjoy with barbecues, parades, fellowship, and fireworks.
The Bible has a lot to say about freedom and liberty; in fact, it's only through Christ that we have true freedom - freedom from the bondage of sin because of His sacrifice on the cross.
The Gospel Herald has compiled a list of Bible verses and patriotic quotes to inspire and encourage you this Independence Day. God bless America!
Bible Verses on Freedom
"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." - Galatians 5:1
"In him [Christ] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence." - Ephesians 3:12
"Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God." - 1 Peter 2:16
"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8:32
"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." - 2 Corinthians 3:17
"But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself." - Philippians 3:20-21
"To Him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name." - Acts 10:43
"I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts." - Psalm 119:45
"We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin." - Romans 6:6-7
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." - Luke 4:18-19
"The essence of America-that which really unites us-is not ethnicity, or nationality, or religion. It is an idea-and what an idea it is: that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn't matter where you came from, but where you are going." - Condoleezza Rice
"I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true." - Wendell Willkie
"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
"It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism." - J. Horace McFarland
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." - Elmer Davis
"Let freedom never perish in your hands." - Joseph Addison
"Liberty is the breath of life to nations." - George Bernard Shaw
"We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it." - William Faulkner
"Freedom's natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world." -Florence A. Jones