There are things in our memories that time does
not erase, they are as strong today as they were when they were laid
down. I spoke to someone on her sixtieth wedding anniversary and she
said she remembered her vows as though she had taken them this morning.
Her vows defined her loyalties, her actions and her intentions.
She smiled as she said "it is a law that is written on my heart," and her phrase etched itself on my own heart. Quite dramatically I realised that if you are sincere when you make those vows, you cannot break them without structurally damaging yourself. You cannot break them without defying your own values and re-defining your own nature as well as altering your relationships with the people in your life.
You alter who you are if you alter the internal values that direct your thoughts and actions.
At the beginning of our very being, God did not write a book of statutes we had to study and learn to recite. He did not hang signs on trees or etch laws on rock walls because we were made perfect and made "in his image."
Laws were not imposed externally, he wrote the laws of our being into the fabric of our bodies. He breathed them into us when "the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life."
To break any one of the laws written into our being is to cause structural fault because they are the laws that define God, and what defines God, defines us. If we alter the image, we are structurally changed and we no longer portray God properly.
My favourite New Year wish for you is to be made perfect again. And you will be.
After Christ was sacrificed and returned to his Father in heaven he re-stated the promise of Jeremiah 31:33. He said quite simply, "this is the covenant I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them." (Hebrews 10:16, 2nd Corinthians 3:3)