Free From Bondage

Romans 6:14

For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Despite all of the calls for obedience in the New Testament, calls for holiness, and calls to follow the model of Jesus, Christians are reminded that they are not under the law.

This paradox is something that many pastors and theologians struggle with, let alone the average Christian.  Romans 6:14 is one of the keys to understanding the difference between being under the law and under grace.

The law is a burden that we are unable to keep.  It is directly tied to sin because it points out our sin to us.  This is a good thing because we should do all that we can to eliminate sin in our life.  However, we can fall into the trap of attempting to follow the law for the wrong reasons.

We should follow the law because we love God and want to obey Him.  We should follow the law because God has set the guidelines for us for our own protection because He loves us.  We shouldn’t follow the law because we think that we have something to gain from God by doing so.

God has given us grace which means that the penalty for disobeying the law has been removed.  When we follow the law out of duty, we actually reject God’s grace and say “thanks but no thanks, I’ll do it on my own.”  God wants obedience but He wants it out of love and not a sense of duty.  Because of grace, the law should not be a burden for us to fulfill but a joy because of our love for the Lord.

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