God’s love both possesses us AND frees us. What? How is it possible to be both free AND enslaved? Well, it depend upon our choice of master. Some masters–like our flesh, the world and the devil–just enslave us and make us miserable. But God frees us from the bondage of our sin and we desire to live in subjection to Him. The experience of His love is so enticing that we never want to leave Him. God’s love produces a passion to please Him which replaces our desire to please ourselves. The Bible describes this transformation in the Book of Romans as: “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” (6:18) When we realize that belonging to God is better than being possessed by our insatiable, fleshly appetites–we are swept away by our passion to serve Him. God’s love becomes better to us than anything–even than life itself. The Psalmist wrote: “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” (Psalms 63:3) Is this the way we are experiencing God’s love–like–right now? I lived as a Christian for many years before I could say I’d experienced God’s love to the extent it was “better than life.” And now–the more I surrender to Him, the more I experience His love. God doesn’t force His love, because that’s not love. Love isn’t love without willing surrender. Our free will enables us to experience either great love or great misery. We must choose our master. When God is our Master, He frees us like we’ve never experienced. We realize just how enslaving those chains of sin were! We realize that our selfish flesh was never satisfied with our efforts to please ourselves. When we were serving our own desires, we were enslaved to a miserable master. God is not a miserable Master. In the freedom of His love, our greatest desire is to remain surrendered to Him because we’ve experienced His love and it’s the best part of our life!