Journal Entry ~ 06/18/18

10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 11 For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. - James 2:10-11

We have such a tendency to minimize our sin. It’s easy to look at others and see their sin, but we don’t have the ability to see our own in the same light. We often get caught in the trap of comparative righteousness - “at least in not as bad as she is” or “it’s not like I’ve committed murder or anything!” Partiality or favoritism is one of those sins we tend to minimize. It’s subtle and quiet, and it’s not like it’s one of the big 10, so we have a tendency to dismiss its severity. 

James sets that record straight. Sin is sin. It doesn’t matter what kind of sin you have committed, any sin separates us from God. We are guilty before God if we stumble even in one point. Some view the law on a spectrum - there are bigger sins and smaller sins, as if God will get more upset over committing certain sins than He will over others. But the law isn’t a spectrum, it’s more like a chain. To break it even in one point is to break the whole chain. Yes, we are told in scripture there are laws that hold greater weight in the eyes of the Lord, but what me must walk away with from this passage is that any sin separates us from God. 

The God we love is perfect and holy, and He cannot be in the presence of any evil. It doesn’t matter what we believe the weight of the sin, committing any sin convicts us as a transgressors if the law. Specifically, showing partiality violates God’s perfect law of love, and leaves us guilty before Him. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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