7What then should we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”8But sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law sin lies dead. 9I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived 10and I died, and the very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11For sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good. (Romans 7:7-12, NRSV)
The law is not sin, but the law does help us know when we have sinned.
The law can not earn me grace, but it can show me how I fall short.
I died to the commandments and live in the grace that God gives me. The law does not hold me captive but helps me to live a life that is freed to share the love of God with all people.