If being a Christian is having the “mind of Christ,” or, as St. Paul says, being “in Christ” then being a Christian means being free and guiltless. Being free and innocent would seem to make the prospect of being a Christian very attractive: no obligations, responsibilities, or feelings of shame or guilt sounds good to me. But wait! Somehow the mind and the life You exemplified doesn’t fit with a carefree, “what-me-worry?” attitude. Maybe accepting the freedom and innocence of being “in You” and “with You” is an onus more than a relief.
The freedom of Your example is a freedom about making or rejecting choices. At this point the territory becomes a little scarier. It’s as if we, without much thought, accept the fact that being like a slave is easier than being free. As a slave we stick to choices that have already been made for us or by us. It’s a rut with which we get very comfortable. But if we are truly free we must make decisions, listen to our hearts, and follow paths we might not otherwise choose. And if we are guiltless we must realize it is so because our guilt has beenabsorbed by Your love. This fact alone should be the single most powerful influence upon the choices upheld by our freedom. In addition, acceptance of this guiltlessness suggests that it should be maintained - no easy task with all the choices our freedom allows us in daily life.
The gifts of freedom and innocence are not free passes to happiness, yet there are, in them, the seeds of great joy; for guilt and bondage are not desirable nor are they what You wish for us. Freedom and innocence are gifts You give us to remain close to You, just as you are close to the Father. To keep them they must be maintained. Otherwise they become guilt and bondage.