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The Royal Law

John Collins12/10/2012James 2 tells us about the "royal law."

James tells us not to show partiality among people and to consider all people in equality.  If one comes dressed in fine clothes, we should give the same respect to the finely dressed person as we do the one in filthy rags.

He gives examples to how we can easily make distinctions among ourselves and inwardly judge others with evil thoughts.  James says that God has chosen the poor to be rich in faith and heirs to the kingdom, those who love God.

James rebuked the people who did not consider the poor as equal.  He reminded them that the rich are the ones who oppress and drag the poor into courts of law.  Moreover, the rich are typically the ones who blaspheme the Name of Christ.

James said that the "royal law" according to the Scripture was: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  If we fulfill this, we are doing well.

He gives special wisdom to those who judge people by the law.  James says that if you show partiality towards the rich, you are committing sin and judged by the same law as the transgressors of the law.

He says that if you keep the entire law, but fail in one point, you become accountable for it.  Therefore, we should speak and act as those who are judged under the law of liberty, or freedom.  No longer bound by the law of the curse.  

If we judge others without mercy, then our judgement is also without mercy.  James says that "Mercy triumphs over judgement."

As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Do we show mercy and equality?  Do we uplift both men and women, race or nationality, rich or poor?  Are we upholding the "royal law?"