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Do you ever find yourself comparing your sins with someone else's and thinking how good you are compared to him? James shows us how this common human tendency causes us to stump our spiritual growth.
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Hey! Welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. Yesterday we explored the Royal Law that Jesus gave us to love each other the same way he loved us.
Now, in today’s verses, James understands the human tendency to dismiss our sins. Like the seemingly small sin of showing favoritism to a wealthy person over a poor person, by treating the wealthy person better because of what you can get out of it. I mean, what’s the big deal. Right? You might hear someone saying, “Look, I know I guy who murdered his wife, at least I’m not doing that. I’m pretty good compared to that guy.” And believing this common myth will keep you from growing.
Here’s what James says in James 2:10-11 in the NIV, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 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.”
James’ point here is that you can’t pick and choose which laws to keep. If you break one law, no matter how small it seems in your own mind, you’ve broken the whole law. Now, you might be saying to yourself, didn’t Jesus go to the cross and die for ALL of my sins? Why are you talking about keeping the whole law?
And you’re right. You are saved by grace alone, and there is nothing that you can do to earn your salvation.
In just a few verses, James is going to show us that it’s because of this free gift and incredible sacrifice that Jesus made for us, that we should want to live our lives fully devoted to Christ, doing everything that His word says out of our pure devotion and absolute love for him alone.
This can all be summed up as the Law of Love. Are you loving others the way that Christ loved you? Are you showing them the same mercy that Christ showed you? If you do, then you are truly living out the Law of Love. And that’s The Simple Truth.
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I’m Julie Carruth. I’ll see you again tomorrow.