Why does God restrict our freedom with His law?

God created us to enjoy happiness, peace, long life and all the other great blessings for which our hearts long. “Keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee” (Proverbs 3:1, 2). God’s law is the road map that points out the right paths to follow in order to find this supreme happiness. “He that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18).

God’s Law shows us the difference between right and wrong “By the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20). And it exposes sin “I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet” (Romans 7:7). The Ten Commandment law (Exodus 20) clearly shows us where to draw the line between right and wrong and avoid the trap of sin.

God’s law is like a strong wall of protection from evil. It protects us from impurity, falsehood, murder, idolatry, theft, and many other evils that destroy life, peace, and happiness. “Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually. Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes” (Psalms 119:117, 118).

But no one can be saved by keeping the law “By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight” (Romans 3:20). Salvation comes only through grace, as a free gift from Jesus Christ, and we receive this gift by faith, not by works “For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). The law serves only as a mirror to point out sin in our lives. Cleansing and forgiveness from that sin come only through Christ (1 John 1:9).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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