James has been addressing the problem of partiality in the Church. Yesterday he encouraged us to obey the royal law – the great commandment – to love your neighbour as yourself…
But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. (James 2:9)
James is setting up for a major verse that is coming tomorrow. He is showing us that sin is sin. Anything we do (or don’t do) that is contrary to God’s Law is sin, no matter how minor or trivial we might think it is.
We may think we have a pretty good record because we don’t lie, cheat, steal, etc. But if we show favouritism, we are not properly loving all our neighbours. And if we are not loving our neighbour, we are breaking God’s Royal Law!
The two great commandments are to love the Lord and love our neighbour. Every time we sin, we are failing to love God properly, and I think it’s fair to say that most times when we sin, we are also failing to properly love our neighbour.
Today’s Good News is that we have a Saviour whose love never fails. His love for us is perfect, and He is willing to forgive us for all the times our love for Him and for others has fallen short.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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