But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Perfect law of liberty. Law and liberty are seemingly opposite terms. Liberty implying freedom and law setting boundaries and limiting freedom. However there is a perfect law of liberty. The law, under the Old Covenant, was thou shalt and thou shalt not. In the New Covenant Jesus said all the law and prophets come down to loving the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind and then loving your neighbor as yourself. So the Law of Liberty can be said to be simply love.
In fact the last verse of that chapter says that pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, “To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Immediately following this James begins to correct the church in the matter of being a respecter of persons.
James says that if you give a rich person a special seat and neglect the poor person that you are a judge of evil thoughts. Now certainly the LORD has given some the ability to make money, to God’s glory, however we are to love the rich and the poor equally. James says that this is where liberty is found.
When Jesus died on Calvary’s cross He died for the rich and the poor. We are all saved by the same blood. Jesus’ love which was displayed so beautifully at Calvary was perfect because He loved the rich and the poor equally. Because of Jesus’ death at Calvary I have liberty and freedom from the penalty of sin which is death.
Likewise when I love equally and without respect of person, I have liberty and freedom on the inside. If I have respect of persons I am a judge of evil thoughts.