I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.
Psalm 119:45 NLT
It can feel backwards that following God’s commandments could make us free. We often view freedom as being able to do what we want, when we want it, without anyone stopping us.
The truth is, listening to God, much like listening to a caring parent, gives us the ground rules meant to show us the best and most beneficial way to live. The more that we listen to God’s ground rules the more we become people who live freely! The key is seeing why God says to do or not do something, because it is always with the motive to love us. The more we see God’s love for us the more we want to obey out of gratitude!