Wednesday, January 6: The royal law found in Scripture

Read James 2:8-13


Daily ScripturesThe New Testament letter of James challenges believers on several fronts. Where do trials come from? Are we saved by listening or by doing, by faith or by works? How should we treat the rich and the poor? Join with us as we read through this important, practical book.

Read James 2:8-13

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 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.

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.



James covers a lot of ground here, bringing out the "royal law" of loving neighbors as we love ourselves, driving home the truth that we are all lawbreakers, and reminding followers of Jesus that mercy is very high on God's priority list. Which of these truths hits home to you today? Why?


This is a beautiful trifecta of truth to take into your day: Love your neighbor, remember your humble status as a lawbreaker, and show mercy to those around you. How can you live this out today in your circle of influence?



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