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James 2:8-13

This section we will take a look at the Royal Law. It summarizes the commandments into 2. You are to love God and love your neighbors. If you love then there will be no anger or sinful ways. Love in your heart casts away evil.

James 2:8-9 yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord’s Royal command found in the Scriptures: “love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you pay special attention to the rich, you are committing a sin, for you are guilty of breaking that law.

You will find the Royal Law in Leviticus 19:18. Love is it. Everything flowing from you should come from love. You will also find Paul teaching about it in Romans 13:8 and Galatians 5:14.

Treat others as you would want to be treated. You are to love the “rich” and the “poor”.

James 2:10-11 and the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as the person who has broken all of Gods laws. For the Sam God who said, “do not commit adultery,” also said, “do not murder.” So if you murder someone, you have broken the entire law, even if you do not commit adultery.

Wow, those 2 verses kind of makes you think. This is why we are never to judge. All sin equals the same. I’m sure you are thinking, if we are fallen world this is a big task. Seems overwhelmingly difficult. So why try? This is why Jesus died for our sins. We need to ask for forgiveness daily. We need to show God we are making intentional decisions to get closer to Him. Asking for forgiveness daily and making better choices is one step closer to Him.

This doesn’t mean you can just keep sinning because you can just ask for forgiveness after. Sorry but that doesn’t work either. We are a fallen world, fallen humans, and we need Christ. So we can’t decide which part of the law we are going to keep and which part you ignore. There’s no such bing as breaking the law a little bit.

James 2:12-13 so whenever you speak, or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law of love, the law that set you free. For there will be no mercy for you if you have not been merciful to others. But if you have been merciful, then Gods mercy toward you will win out over His judgement against you.

As Christians we are save by Gods gift-grace– through faith, not by keeping the law. But as Christians we are also required to obey Christ. We love God and have the Holy Spirit with us to help.

Only God in His mercy can forgive our sins. This forgiveness we need to give to others as well. If we don’t we are showing that we don’t understand or appreciate Gods mercy towards ourselves.

Again if love is first in your heart everything else falls into place. Measure yourself. See if you have love in your heart or hate.