Daily Manna

Freedom from the Curse of the Law

But then law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God's unmeritted favour) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded.- ROMANS 5:20

The aim of God's law is to restrain the evil tendencies natural to man in his fallen state. but the law is in itself is ineffective because of it does not regulate humankind's behaviour. In other words,the law does not have power to make people want to obey it. For example, suppose you have a tendency to eat too much chocolate. You want to be free from this habit, so you make a law for yourself: ''I must not eat chocolate. I cannot eat chocolate.I will never eat chocolate again.'' You even convince yourself that for you it is a sin to eat chocolate; it actually seems to increase your problem! Now all you can think about is chocolate. You want chocolate all the time. You have chocolate on your mind from daylight untill dark. Eventually, you find yourself sneaking around to eat chocolate because you told everybody you know that you are never going to eat chocolate again. You can't eat chocolate in front of people, so you hide when you eat your chocolate. Now you feel really guilty because you have become a ''sneaky'' sinner. If you know that what I'm talking about, you know the pain that comes from being ''under the Law'' instead of free in christ. New believers who may be immature in thier faith and weak in the knowledge of God's word often focus their attention on God's laws in order to control their passions. But as they mature and learn to direct their attention to the leadership of the Holy spirit, He will set them free from the desire to sin.