Anyone that lives based on his personal lay-down rules of good and bad which contradicts God’s standard is Lawless.
As a growing child, I used to believe being rich or wealthy is a lifestyle of enjoyment. And enjoyment in my own definition then means, a state of idleness where I have everything at my fingertips a state where I can eat anything, do anything that comes to my mind, travel anywhere, marry the most beautiful woman.
I later discovered that, I was not alone in this. In conversing with certain folks, who also hold this definition of enjoyment in a way similar to mine, though a bit wild. They narrate a picture where they were surrounded with beautiful ladies in a jacuzzi, have lots of cash to display, travelling to the world’s best cities and beaches in a first class flight. Wearing the latest brand of designers, relating with world foremost celebrities.
This line of thought was King Solomon’s initial thought pattern. He said; “… whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy, for my heart rejoiced in all my labour…” (Ecc 2:10).
Whoever has no restriction for his longings, appetites or desires, is truly enslaved and lawless.
King Solomon soon realized this, and said, “Vanity of vanities.. all is vanity.” (Ecc 1:2). Even the prodigal son learnt it the hard way (Luke 15:12-24).
He who has all and still choose to live within the confine of a limit, is truly free.
Paul said, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful; all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (1 Cor 6:12). He’s saying though he can do all things, but not all the things are helpful to him. He also said, he will not be controlled by the will to do anything.
I Cor 5:14a
“For the love of Christ constraineth us….”
Paul said, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly (moderately, temperately, discreetly), righteously and godly in this present world.” (Titus 2:11,12).
He continued by saying; “who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed.