We were once captive to sin and death, but now in Christ, we have been set free. This old yoke was not just taken off of us and cast aside; it was smashed by Christ, never able to be placed on us again. This is the good news of the gospel.
But as amazing as that is, our freedom does not end there. Our freedom is not just understood in terms of from but also for. We read in Galatians 5:13 that our freedom is not to be used as an opportunity to sin—an abuse of grace—but rather for service of others. As believers, we have the ability to refrain from sin and to obey God. One way we obey God is by submitting to His authority and loving and serving others. This is the freedom we have, freedom that is found in voluntarily yielding to our Father and placing the needs of others above our own.
Which aspect of your freedom tends to be more challenging for you: abstaining from sin or obeying God? Why?