The thing about breaking some things is that when they’re broken, they’re broken. Not just a part of them, but all of them. This is true whether it’s an egg, a window, a truce, a resolution, a promise or God’s Law.
In the case of God’s Law, James point is that if you break one law, then you are a law breaker.
You might say, “I haven’t killed anybody, I haven’t committed adultery, I honor my father and mother, I don’t use the Lord’s name as a curse, I don’t lie, I go to church on Sunday and I don’t covet or envy anybody’s possessions, so I see, I keep God’s Law”. God doesn’t just deal in semantics or the letter of the law. He is also concerned with the intent of the law. He knows our hearts and minds.
You may not have actually committed murder, but you might have thought about it, or you may have hated someone for what they did to you or someone else, or you may have cursed that guy out who just cut you off in traffic (in your mind, of course…), so you have violated the law. (Matthew 5:21-22) You may not commit adultery, but if you lust after someone’s spouse, then you have violated the law. (Matthew 5:28) As for honoring your father and mother, have you truly never disobeyed them? Never got in trouble at school? Never broken a rule? Not even once? (Matthew 15:4)
God’s Law is not just about our actions. It is also about our hearts and minds. Our thoughts and our intentions.
Now, the Good News is that while the Law is there to teach us about right and wrong and to convict us, that is, to show us that we cannot be perfect in and of ourselves, God still loves us and has a plan to make all things right.
When we come to the realization that we are not perfect and that we are sinners in need of salvation, God points us to His Son, Jesus, who died on the cross, taking on ALL of the sins of all people (you and me too) for all time upon Himself. He did this because, even though we are sinners and rebellious against Him, He still loves us, and wants us to be in a right relationship with Him. Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead to conquer sin, death and Satan’s claim on us. His victory on the cross and from the grave ended the brokenness of our relationship with God. All we have to do is believe and trust in Jesus. Even in this, God gives us faith to believe. It’s all free and doesn’t require us to get it right. God gets it right for us.
“”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17)
Thank You Jesus for healing the brokenness in us,
* Pastor Bill