8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, i“You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you jshow partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point khas become guilty of all of it. 11 For he who said, l“Do not commit adultery,” also said, l“Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, youhave become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under mthe law of liberty. 13 For njudgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:8-13
Well, there you have it. Brothers & sisters in Christ you are free. Right? James gets right to the point in Chapter 2. Freedom, that is freedom to follow the Golden Rule. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
I suppose that will be determined by how I treat myself? How you treat yourself?
That puts a different perspective on the neighbor doesn’t it? Becoming poor treaters of ourselves can then only lead to poor treatment of thy neighbor? This is so simple yet so difficult at the same time. For earnestly ridding ourselves of judgement and favoritism may not be as easy as we think when we consider how we “feel” about ourselves. So it becomes an identity issue; that is, if I do not know who I am in Christ, that is who HE SAYS I AM, my own thoughts of who I am will affect my treatment of others.
If we fail in this one command we fail in it all.
John 20:31 – but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Where are you this morning? Who are you today? Has the Christ that conquered overcome your self-talk and self-descriptions?
If so you are truly free…. to obey and live the life of liberty that so many long for… then it will be evident to the non-believer by your actions toward your neighbor, toward your enemy, toward the stranger. And see the final statement, MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGEMENT. Every time, Mercy wins. We need to focus on this command friends, as we view ourselves through the cross we can properly view others. Have you been released from the chains of sin and death? Are you free? Are you a judge or a mercy giver?