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The Royal Law

"If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,' you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors" (Jas.2:8-9).

In Mk 12:29-31, Jesus said that there were two (2) laws that served as the underpinning of all God revealed through Moses... I am sure that you can quote those scriptures, but in paraphrasing them they say we are to love God 1st and then love our neighbor as ourselves. It was a citation from Lev.19:18. In addition to its appearance in the epistle of James, it comes up in other places in the NT... (Rom.13:9, Gal.5:14). In perhaps Jesus' most well known parable, the good Samaritan, this teaching illustrates and confirms the importance of treating a neighbor well, even if he is a stranger who is injured along the side of the road... As you see in today's scripture, James adds his endorsement to the mix for the practicing of Christian morality by calling it the royal law. He clearly stated that no Christian could practice the royal law while showing partiality, as in James' case, mostly over rich vs. poor. To be partial meant you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors... If that sounds like pretty strong talk, it is! Maybe James meant for Christians to obey this royal law because it came from the king himself... No one forces a king to obey. He obeys willingly because he has decreed the law himself. Here is our real lesson of the day.... Christians are to love their neighbors as themselves because they have inhaled the teaching into their lungs and made it a part of their own hearts. No one needs to force them to obey... They obey because they love. The law simply prescribes what a believer already wants to do. We do, don't we?

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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