When you sin today you are not actually breaking the "law" of God, however, you are certainly breaking the heart of God. The law was imperfect and not without "fault" (translated this means the law was not "enough") Jesus died and set us free from the constraints of the law. Jesus set us free and now we don't look to the law to know what we should do or should not do but to the Cross. Many people have said that the Bible says, "the law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul"' as they quote the Psalmist. We must remember that the word "law" in this context simply means the teaching or precepts of the Lord. The law can convert a person and cause them to change their outward behavior but the law can not redeem a person or change a heart. There is a difference between the O. T. law (Torah) that was given to Moses under the Old Covenant and the law of the Lord that is written on the tablet of our heart. The Psalmist also references the testimony of the Lord which is what does God have to say and what is in his heart. We are under the N. T. Covenant of Grace. God himself said that if the law was not without fault another would not have been necessary. We have a better law. The law of love. And having received this wonderful revelation of God's grace will NOT cause us to do less than the law and what is required but MORE that is (was) required.
Paul said in I Corinthians 15:10 "By the GRACE of God I am what I am, and his GRACE toward me was not in vain; but I labored MORE abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the GRACE of God which was with me.
The truth is that you and I will do better and do more without struggle when we receive the blessing of God's Amazing Grace! When I understand how much mercy and grace I have been given, I will with joy offer my life in service to my King. I will obey because I WANT to and not because I must.
There is a very valid reason that the O. T. law was not effective or enough It is simple. You just can NOT have a relationship with tablets of stone. Jesus died and fulfilled the law. We now have his law (precepts, teaching) and are instructed by the Holy Spirit, who is our teacher. I am thanking God for his marvelous mercy tonight and his Amazing Grace!
Lord, I love you and I thank you for the Cross. I tried so many times to "be good" and "do good" and "obey" and just do my best and every time I would fail and fall short. I know that many times I have sinned and broken your heart. I humbly ask your forgiveness and thank you for your mercy and your grace. I acknowledge that your mercies are new every morning and your grace is to the ends of the earth. I thank you Holy Spirit for leading me and guiding me and for convicting me of sin..and unto righteousness. I thank you for your comfort and your help.
Your GRACE still AMAZES me!
Love, Your devoted daughter,