James has been addressing the sin of partiality in the Church…
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” you are doing well. (James 2:8)
James calls the commandment to love your neighbour as yourself “the royal law.” In giving it that distinction, He was remembering the teaching of his Big Brother, Jesus:
And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question to test Him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40)
The commands to love God and love others are the “great” commandments because they summarize the entire Law. If we truly desire to please the Lord and do what’s best for others, it will lead us to obey the other particulars in the Law.
James refers to the great commandment to love our neighbour as “the royal law.” Along with the command to love God, it is like the king of laws on which the others are based. If we are truly obeying the royal law we will not be showing partiality, because we will show honour to all people who are created in the image of God.
From Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) we learn that our neighbours are not just the people who live next door to us, or even in our “neighbourhood.” Our neighbours can be anyone that God places in our path to whom we can minister.
Today’s Good News is that we can show our love to God by loving the people that He created.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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