Don't touch the stove
Don't play with fire
Don't run into the street
Don't put something in your mouth if you don't know what it is
Don't eat candy before dinner
Don't talk to strangers
These are all rules we give our children. Not to be mean. Not to limit what they can do just because. But because we care about them. We know what is best for them. We want them to be safe. We know that if they do the things we tell them not to do, they will more than likely be harmed in some way. We see the big picture. We can see the consequences. Children can not.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (New Living Translation)
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
1 Corinthians 6:18 (New Living Translation)
Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.
Colossians 3:5-6 (New Living Translation)
So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.
Ephesians 5:18 (New Living Translation)
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit
God does the same for us. He sees the big picture. There are rules that he gives us. But it isnt to take life away from us, but to keep us safe. To keep us from being harmed, or even harming ourselves. We feel so limited because of the things we are told to stay away from, or not participate in. But in reality, if we follow those instructions, we can find such freedom in knowing that we are safe. We don't have to live with the consequences.
James 1:25 (New International Version)
But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
Galatians 5:1 (New International Version)
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.