Why does God restrict our freedom with His law?

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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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