“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace” (Romans 6:14, NLT).

On one hand grace is a tricky thing. It’s really hard for those who all their lives have been taught to obey the rules or else, to understand just how grace works. Some think it means we can do whatever we want with no consequences. Some think we still have to be just as careful with every command—just in case. Some seem to believe nothing has changed from the Old Testament.

On the other hand, grace is quite simple. God gave the laws to teach us the mechanics of loving him and others but he knew we wouldn’t be able to do it without his help. At the right time, he sent his son to live a perfect life and give that life for us to show his great love. The Old became the New and rather than the laws being imposed on us from outside ourselves, God the Holy Spirit came to teach us how to live from the inside out. With God living inside us, his love fills us and we learn to love him and others in the freedom of grace. God’s royal law of love, a law permeated with his loving kindness and grace, is the only one we need to obey.

 

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