A Type Of Law That Brings Perfect Freedom
In the book “Love Does”, writer Bob Goff says “I use to think being loved was the greatest thing to think about, but now I know love is never satisfied just thinking about it”.
When you fall in love, your headspace becomes filled with thoughts of how to make your love interest happy. We all know at least one friend who starts spending less time with us and suddenly drops the things they use to enjoy. Before you know it, they get swepted up in a new wave of hobbies, spending more time doing cooking experiences than watching football. This type of relationship which is built upon knowing our partner’s likes and dislikes is the type of relationship God seeks to have with us.
When we fully grasp what Jesus has done for us, we free ourselves from the shackles of sin to become free to live for God. Our lives are more than an abandonment of sin but a displacement of the heart’s desires straight onto God. Our eyes become fixed on God that he rewires every ounce of our being that we end up loving what he loves. When we live this way, it brings true freedom. In the bible, it talks about a freedom that comes from looking intently into the perfect law (James 1:25, NIV).
For many of us reading this, we recoil at the word “law”. We see it as a set of “dos and don’ts” and view God a bit like the Punisher in the sky who pulls out his truncheon if we cross the favour line. This characterisation is an old paradigm that many of us still hold onto. In the old testament, an external governance system existed in the form of punishment and plagues. However, Jeremiah talks about a hopeful future where God moves this experience from the external to the internal and we see it to fruition through the new covenant. Hebrews 8:10 talks about “writing the law on their minds and hearts”.
When God writes the law on our hearts in contrast to writing the law onto tablets of stone. We no longer do a cost-benefit analysis of whether the law will work for us. Like one who is falling in love, our heart is consumed by the other person and we get wrapped up in the things they love. To have the “law written in our hearts” means we know and feel what pleases God. Not because our goal is to get something but because his joy means our joy.
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