'But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.' Galatians 5:18 NIV
When God's Spirit lives in us, he means for our lives to be wonderfully turned around. He wants us to change the way that we feel, think and operate, because it is really good for us. When we become his, God wants us to live a life that reflects him, and he equips us to do that by changing our hearts, from the inside out.
It has been thought by several Christian writers that, after Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and God giving the Holy Spirit to us for every day, we can read the Ten Commandments as promises, rather than rules. With a changed heart, when God says, 'You will have no other gods before me' (Exodus 20:3 NIV), he is describing what our lives are meant to look like with him, and telling us that, with his Spirit, we won't desire our worldly idols any more. He won't let us off the hook when it comes to things that matter to him, but not because he's standing over our shoulder ready to punish us. We'll stay in line with his will because we understand his heart and want to do the same.
When we ask God's Spirit to live in us, we are inviting him to make us more like him - as we were designed to be. Our hearts are meant to change and we are meant to move away from what's wrong to what's right, naturally.
So what now? Thank God for his Holy Spirit in you, making you more like him. Enjoy living as you were meant to.
Soulfood: Exo 28-29, Matt 8:10-17, Ps 84, Pro 2:16-19