Read: James 2:8-13 Memorize: James 2:10 Pastor Josh October 8-14, 2015
"If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well;" James is talking about the law of Moses, which says, "thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, amd with all thy mind." When you love God with perfect devotion, you do not break any of His commands. How well do you love the Lord? The second law is love thy neighbor as thyself. Problem is, we love ourselves more than anything else or anybody else.
"But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors." Here he brings back in the same thoughts from the previous verses about being partial to others than you are guilty of breaking the law. Our law today is God's word, do you follow what it says?
"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." This is preatty straight forward. If you break one point of the law, you are guilty. It only takes one to be a law breaker. How many lies do you have to tell to be a liar? Or cheat to be a cheater? Is "one little sin" a big deal in the eyes of God? What about to you?
"For he that said, do not commit adultery, said also, do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law." Here it doesn't matter what the sin is, it is sin. In God's eyes it doesn't matter what the sin is, it's all on the same level with God. There are no degrees of sin. Often you will hear people say, "Oh, it was just a little white lie!" A lie is a lie no matter the color.
"So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty." Judgment is coming. We will all be judged some day. Just as a murderer will have his time in court so will the liar and the cheat.
God is our judge. He also gives mercy. "For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment." God's mercy in judgment is conditional upon you showing mercy to others.
So what can we learn from this? Show mercy to others. Be ye kind one to another!