The Word of God – The Royal Law – James 2:8-11...8 If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
James has been condemning those who pay special attention to the rich man who enters the Church. If you are giving him a special welcome because he is a rich man, that is respect of persons and wrong because you are breaking the Law of God. You don’t love your neighbor, or you would not neglect the poor man. What you love is wealth.
10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. 11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
To break any part of the law is to be guilty of all. Even under human justice, a man becomes a criminal when he has broken one law. So James argues: No matter how good you may be in other things, if you treat people with respect of persons, you have acted against the will of God and you are a transgressor.
Although we may claim to have done many good things and to have resisted many evil things, there may be a New Testament commandment we did not obey or something in us by which we are guilty.
Disciples need to keep short accounts with God and repent and confess daily!