What sets the captive free?

That question “What sets the captive free?” kept coming to me as I watched the recent documentary College Behind Bars. It’s an inspiring look at a group of incarcerated men and women earning liberal arts degrees through one of the most rigorous and effective prison education programs in the United States. The students cultivate confidence and eloquence, some expressing deep regret for the crimes they’ve committed. One commented that when he reads and studies, he no longer notices his cell’s bars—he’s free.

That idea really resonated with me, since imprisonment can also take the form of mental or physical problems that seem to trap us. I’ve found that there is a deeper level of learning that can not only help us “not notice” limitations but actually bring freedom from them. I’m talking about spiritual education, including studying the Bible and practicing what Christ Jesus taught.

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