‘So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free…’ (Galatians 5:1)
It’s true that God longs to transform us from the inside out, so that we react less and less according to our selfishness. His heart is that we live more and more like Jesus. But God is not at all about rules and regulations that turn bad people into good people. He’s about freedom. Where it should have been you and me punished for our sin, Jesus took the punishment for us, and set us free. Now, He wants to keep us free. His commands are pure love.