Believe it or not, freedom can be a very frightening thing if youíve never experienced it. When someone whoís been in prison for most of their life and is set free from a prison cell, they have trepidation about leaving that which has oddly become somewhat of a sense of protection for them. When slaves are set free who have never known freedom, trying to develop a different way of living all of a sudden is daunting and overwhelming. You may have never thought of it this way, but Paul in Gal. 3:23, implies that humanity, before being set free by our faith in the sacrifice of Christ for our sin, was being guarded by the law which does provide protection, but none the less is a kind of jail of conditions.
Has your faith come along and set you free friend, or are you still sitting in that prison cell, depressed and sullen, living a confined life of legalism with its doís and doníts? You may remember a childhood story about the little one who was encouraged to set the bird free to fly, only to be delighted when the bird freely chose to return later on. When youíre set free from the perceived burden of the law, and that weighty anxiety lifts from off your shoulders, you might be surprised that you could actually come to embrace the law out of a desire to fulfill Godís will through righteously following His Commandments because youíve allowed Jesus to change your heart through the working of the Holy Spirit in you.
Therefore, you are no longer threatened by the requirements of the law, but begin to love the law because, as 2nd Cor. 3:3 reminds us, the law is no longer written on tablets of stone but upon your heart. You see, this is when you truly become a living epistle read by others. This is the divine destiny all we Christians have in common, to become one of many parts making up the Body of Christ with Jesus as the head. I encourage you to focus on being transformed into Christís likeness so you too can take your place in Godís wonderful plan to set the world free from iniquity.