1 James 2: 8-13…The royal law.

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 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. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Comment: Only the second half of the ‘royal law’ is quoted here. When asked by a lawyer what was the greatest law Jesus started with ‘loving God with your whole being’ and then quoted the bit about loving our neighbours. Partiality breaks the second part. As the law is an entity, breaking just a bit of it breaks all of it. As cutting a link of a chain breaks the whole chain! God’s mercy overcomes His judgement for those who trust Him, but does not ‘willy-nilly’ excuse wilful disobedience. Forgiveness and Heaven is assured for true believers but we all must stand before the judgement seat of God.

Prayer: I believe, but please, help my unbelief, O God.

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