James 2:8-10

8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. NIV

8 Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord’s royal command found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” F7 9 But if you pay special attention to the rich, you are committing a sin, for you are guilty of breaking that law. 10 And the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as the person who has broken all of God’s laws.  NLT

8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” F3 you do well; 9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.  NKJV

6 responses to “James 2:8-10

  1. hes saying that we should all treat each other as we want to be treated but if you just go around and do it to become popular then you are doing it for the wrong reasons and you might as well not be obeying it at all

  2. I think almost all Christians struggle with the thought that we are better then we really are in God’s eyes. This verse brings that sobering reality to light.

    All of us have secret sins and problems that we deal with, but we think that we have our sin burried and out of sight. James tells us here that is doesn’t matter how pure we think our walk is, if we offend in one aspect of the Law we are guilty of breaking the whole Law. The thought here is that if we are perfect, and never break the Law, there is no need for us to receive forgiveness and accept God’s grace. But this is absurd. Of course all of us have sinned in one area of the Law. And since we are guilty of the Law, our only hope is to receive the merciful forgiveness of Salvation.

    James points out one area of particular offense in the church at Jerusalem. That was the sin of favoritism or “clicqueism”. He is saying that to offend by showing favorites makes us guilty of the whole law and it doesn’t matter how “holy” the rest of our life is.

    James keeps hammering at this favoritism thing. I really think God is trying to get some of our attention about this subject.

  3. I really gotta agree with Rick…I find it God’s orchestrated time for us to be studying this topic of favortism at this point in the ministry…Right now teenagers are throwing balls and hanging out but the cliques are still around. Are we trying to get to know the new visitors, the old members or are we sticking to our own kind…I would love to see us love all as one body one ministry one generation…But we have to mature in our walk and recognize this insecurity and failure

  4. Wow! What a powerful scripture. I really liked what Rick said about this scripture and the secret sins of Christians. It’s amazing to think that our God knows every motive of our heart. It makes us realize that as we age in our Christian walk we should be praying for more strength than our first day as a Christian. We should be praying that we don’t become complacent in our faith. That we stretch and grow and use the wisdom that God has given us to reach out to those in need and not condemn those who are struggling.

  5. I agree with Ronnie on this scripture. It does pertain to our youth group in ways. Okay if we have visitors come majority of us usually go up to them and introduce ourselves and kinda make small talk with them and let them hang out with whatever clique we’re in and then totally ignore them the rest of the night.(and I’m not getting on anybody cause I’ve done it too, but I’m just sayin) And we think we’ve done a good thing cause we’ll say “But I talked to them and introduced them to people” but we didn’t keep it going throughout the night so that pretty much shows favoritism to our cliques.

  6. Our tendency as Christians is to give sin degrees–“I am a good person because I dont…. and I do come to church and stuff, but the reality is that Jesus does not consider us any better, any more special, and worthier than the people who are blatantly living with sin in their lives. We all fall short, we all are sinners, and Jesus is saying here that when we favor people, even in church settings, we are still just as guilty of sinning as the vilest person.

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