The Father's Freedom
It amazes me how two people can be raised in the same home and have such different perspectives on what happened there. Over the years I've had conversations with my brothers and sisters about our dad. I am surprised to hear them describe him as demanding, legalistic and controlling.
Of course, I remember our dad disciplining us. He was clear about the rules of the house. On the other hand my dad was my hero and my teacher. I looked up to him even after I married and left home. His rules framed a stable home for each of us. His teaching demonstrated how to live in the freedom he knew and showed us how to avoid the pains he experienced. He loved me enough to teach me the difference between right and wrong.
Many people have the wrong impression of our heavenly Father too. They see God as a rule maker and a punisher. They consider His commandments ridged and not much fun. Some people's hearts are hardened by religion. They spend so much time looking for God in church tradition that they lose sight of His tender heart. God demonstrated His love by sending His only Son.
Yes God is clear about His commandments. His Word teaches how we should behave. But these commandments are gifts. God knows how people behave. He's been watching since the beginning of time. There's nothing new under the sun. In love he teaches each of us how to avoid the tricks of satan and live in freedom. The Bible tells us that our heavenly Father wants us to live in freedom.
David understood that God's commandments lead to freedom:
So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, For I have hoped in Your ordinances. So shall I keep Your law continually, Forever and ever. And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts. Psalm 119:42-45 (NKJV)
Paul told us to stand in the Father's liberty:
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1 (NKJV)
Jesus said sin makes us a slave but He sets us free:
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:34-36 (NKJV)
Are you living in the Father's freedom? His Son, Christ Jesus has come to set you free.