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Saturday, June 4, 2011

6/5/11 James 2:8-11

8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, 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.

(Jesus and Woman Caught in Adultery Jn. 8- "Go Leave Your Life of Sin"  Adultery and Murder were both here)

Thoughts: The royal law is the law of love (Mt. 22:36-40; Rom. 13:8-10).  But the Law itself is impossible to keep.  If you break just one commandment you are labled a law-breaker.  The Law requires purity and holiness.  It is like a glass of clean water, and each sin is a drop of poison.  One drop of poison pollutes the purity of the whole thing.  If you don't murder but commit adultery- you are a lawbreaker  Two excuses I have heard people say about breaking the Law these days- 1) Everyone does it, and if we do not allow it, we alienate ourselves from the culture around us; 2) There are other sins we allow, so why not allow one more (or why pick this one to not allow).  If we know something is wrong- if it is clear, then we would be foolish to say it is unimportant, or rationalize it away- or even rationalize all moral laws away.  The Royal Law is a Law of love- it affects our neighbors and their relationship with God. 

Prayer: Give me grace to do your will, no matter the cost, O Lord.

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