James 2 v. 8 – 13
‘8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbour as yourself,” you are doing right.
9 But if you show favouritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.’
The favourtism spoken out against in the first verses of chapter two contradicts God’s law (judgement) and mercy (loving kindness).
James calls it ‘royal law’, as these are the words of King Jesus, Sovereign over all.
To break any one of God’s laws (the Ten Commandments etc.) is to be a ‘lawbreaker’ – no one of us is in any better place regarding the law, than any other.
‘We should be people whose lives reflect God’s standards. But more than this, how we show mercy to those around us reveals whether we truly know Jesus.’ (key theme in James, regarding ‘living out our faith’).
MERCY : loving those who do not deserve it, and cannot earn it – this is the gospel, good news – and it always has the last word, triumphing over judgement.
let me be so captivated by Your glory
and so grateful for Your mercy
that I truly love my neighbours,
I am truly compassionate to the needy,
and I treat everyone as you treat me:
(Quotes are from ‘Explore By The Book’ on James : Timothy Keller and Sam Allberry)
All posts in The Letter Of James
- Finally, a reminder of our mission…seeking the lost, bringing them home
- Prayer works…but how?
- A call to prayer and to praise
- Watch out, the Lord’s coming is near!
- Time to stop exploiting…
- What is your life? No longer our own, but Yours, Lord.
- He will draw near to you…and will lift you up
- Even more grace, freely given
- Understanding our quarrels
- Wisdom from heaven to tame the tongue (and heart)
- Our words, powerful for good or ill
- An inactive faith is a dead faith
- The root of our salvation is by faith, the fruit of our salvation is by works
- Mercy triumphs over judgement (but without judgement, we don’t fully grasp mercy)
- All are equal, all are one…let’s live it out
- Hearing the Word, and acting upon it…
- Father God gives good and perfect gifts
- Heavenly riches (crowns of life) and earthly poverty
- In need of wisdom? You only have to ask…
- Introducing Bible Month – the letter of James (i)