Freedom: the Right Restrictions

Recap: James 1:18-27 Probably there are no questions more relevant in the "wilderness" of life than whether God is truly good, and whether we matter to Him. James gives the early Christian community a series of tests to confirm that we are loved - one of those test has to do with how we accept God's word. Those of the Beloved see the "perfect law" not as restrictions to our freedom, but the right restrictions necessary for our freedom to realize our true self and real nature e.g., like water is to a fish.

Thus, God's children willingly submit to God's word, with purity, with humility, and a willingness to be shaped by it. They see it as the owner’s manual of their heart, the owner’s manual of their soul, and the only way that they will ever truly be free.