Here is a great quote on the sweetness of spiritual freedom from Chuck Swindoll, Grace Awakening:
“The human heart cries out to be free. Everything within us fights against the bondage of tyranny of oppression. Our souls were not made to live in cages of fear that restrict us from the joys of liberty. Once we get a taste of such relief, our appetite for more becomes consuming…true for God’s people who have existed too long in the suffocating grip of legalistic demands and expectations.”Chuck Swindoll in Grace Awakening
In response to those like Betty G. who would retort, “You just don’t want to be subject to the Lord and go the way of the cross,” I would reply that being obedient to Christ is not the same thing as being subject to people who call themselves God’s servants. The New Testament is pretty clear that Christians are not to try to control one another. There is Paul’s example in the book of Philemon, where he requests that Philemon free his slave Onesimus and send him back to Paul. But he says, “I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do will be spontaneous and not forced.” Jesus said, “The rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over you, but it shall not be so among you.” How sweet it is to be free from a system where “counsel” was as binding as chains of steel.