I’ve come to the conclusion that many people are drawn to the message of grace because of the freedom it gives. When they’re told about the love of God and that we’re free from the law, they hear . . . FREEDOM!!! This translates in their minds to . . . “There are no rules so I can do anything I want.”
With this message of freedom ringing in their ears, they take off running doing whatever they want. The hurt that results doesn’t even concern them because, after all, they're now free. If anyone tries to correct their behavior, they’re immediately told that they have a pharasaical spirit and that they’re trying to put people in bondage.
The problem is that these people are hearing the wrong message. It’s true that we’re free from the law but the real message is LOVE. Yes, we can now do anything we want and God will still love us but the fact is that we now have a new heart that is filled with God’s love. Although freedom is a byproduct, love is now the compelling force in our lives and it compels us to live righteously as loved children of God instead of being controlled by our selfish desires.