But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 7:6
Laws are good to point out what is wrong. They will quickly point a person as being in the wrong when he does something not according to the law. Most of the laws are built around a negative concept. They point out what person should not do, rather than point to what a person should do.
People tend to do the very things that they are told not to do. When a sign says not to touch because of wet paint, many people will touch it to test and see if the paint is really wet.
Many people are very quick to test the laws to see if the law is really true. They will question whether what is said will really happen or not.
People react the same way with God’s laws. When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit, they were testing whether what God said was true or not. They did what they were not supposed to do.
Throughout the history of Israel, the people constantly challenged God’s laws and doing what they were not supposed to do.
Now Paul tells the people that they must die to the sin that once bound them. Sin is breaking the laws of God.
When a person dies to sin, God gives him a new life. This new life follows the way of the Spirit. The Spirit of the law was to live for God and live the best life possible. God made the laws to protect and help people, not bring death, yet, it brought about death.
As a believer today, you must follow the way of the Spirit. Instead of following a bunch of laws, or trying to, you will want to follow God’s ways or laws. The heart is changed. It is no longer about doing right or wrong, it is about serving God in the best way possible.
Do not be bound up in a bunch of laws, but be bound up in loving God and loving others. As you do that, all of the laws will be obeyed. Then the power to break the law will be broken and you will have a new life in Christ.
I pray today that you will know the freedom Jesus brings; that you will serve God from the heart; that you will not be bound up in the law; and that you will live to love God and others.