The concept of freedom can lead to an idea of lawlessness. If I have to do what other people tell me, I am in chains. There is some truth to that, but it is locked into the ‘have to’ element. For the Christian, the ‘have to’ is gone. We do not have to do anything to earn our salvation with God. We are free. However, if we understand the great price that was paid to purchase our freedom we can only respond with gratitude. The grateful heart knows that it is powerless to help itself. It is oriented toward the one who has taken care of things beyond its control. The right response is to live the life that the creator designed us to live. It is a life of worship and service. It is a life that keeps the law by loving our neighbour.
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet”, and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.