For, brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
There is a great mistake about liberty from law. Some religious persons think it means free, so that though you sin, the law will not punish. This is the liberty of devils: free to do as much evil as you will, and yet not suffer. True Christian liberty is this, self-command; to have been brought to Christ; to do right and to love right without a law of compulsion to school you into doing it. If we have not got so far, the law has all its power hanging over us still.
(F. W. Robertson.)To preach justification by the law as a covenant is legal, and makes void the death and merits of Jesus Christ. But to preach obedience to the law as a rule is evangelical; and it savours as much of a New Testament spirit to urge the commands of the law as to display the promises of the gospel.
(Bishop Hopkins.)True liberty is only realized in obedience. The abuse of freedom is bondage, from which there is no self-deliverance.
(T. T. Lynch.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
WEB: For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don't use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another.