Sins of the Heart

July 8, 2018

Yesterday, we studied one of the key verses in James.  (If you have not read that devotional yet, I encourage you to do so.)  He said that if we have failed in one point of the Law, we are guilty of all of it.  In today’s verse, he expands on that…




For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.”  If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.  (James 2:11)




As I said yesterday, a break in any part of your leg makes it a broken leg, and a break in any part of the Law makes it a broken Law.


Have you ever noticed that we tend to be critical of the sins of others, while downplaying our own?  We often blame our own infractions on “extenuating circumstances.”  We offer ourselves excuses for our sin, but we don’t let others off the hook so easily.  We seem to think that the sins other people commit are more serious than ours.


Not only is our sin a big deal – we commit more sins than we realize, because we commit them in our hearts.  I also encourage you to read Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7.  He makes it very clear that lust is adultery and hatred is murder in the heart.  So even though we may pride ourselves in the restraint we show and the laws we don’t break literally, at various points in our lives we have likely broken almost every Law in the Book.




Today’s Good News is that if we accept Jesus, He will wipe our record clean, and give us a righteous position before God, as if we never sinned.


Now, go share the Good News…






(Day #38)




If you are joining us part way through this Journey in James, you can access the devotionals you missed in the archives.  (The series started on June 1.)




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