The Christian life can often seem like a long list of rules and expectations. However, Jesus never called us to change our behavior through our own effort. Instead, He's called us to remain in His presence and then promised that our lives would bear fruit.
The Word of God shows us the perfection of God and the best way to live as well as how far short we fall of that perfection. That same Word also reveals the cure for our sin and becomes the way that we grow more like Jesus.
Paul reminds us that we have freedom in Christ Who offers us complete deliverance from the "yokes of slavery" that we tend to put on ourselves. Recognizing God’s deep love for us helps clarify the reality that our bondage is not part of the pathway of joy God intends for us. As we're changed by His love, we won't be able to help but have that love flow out to the world around us.
Standing against the flow of culture has the potential to isolate and wear down the individual believer. However, God has not left us alone—He has given us the gift of community. Jesus has created a new society of people who operate according to different values and motivations, together becoming a display of His glory.