Mo 5/6Tu 5/7We 5/8Th 5/9Fr 5/10Sa 5/11Su 5/12
Isa. 3–4
Heb. 11
Isa. 5
Heb. 12
Isa. 6
Heb. 13
Isa. 7
James 1
Isa. 8:1–9:7
James 2
Isa. 9:8–10:4
James 3
Isa. 10:5–34
James 4

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

The book of James has a lot to say about the importance of God’s law in the life of a Christian. Here’s part of chapter 2:

If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. 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. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

James 2:8–13

When we believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are freed from the guilt and condemnation of God’s law. But that doesn’t mean we’re done with God’s commandments! On the contrary, James writes to Christians to remind them to live in accordance with what he calls God’s “royal law” and “the law of liberty.”

Matthew Henry‘s comments on this passage are helpful:

Observe here,

  1. the gospel is called a law. It has all the requisites of a law: precepts with rewards and punishments annexed; it prescribes duty, as well as administers comfort; and Christ is a king to rule us as well as a prophet to teach us, and a priest to sacrifice and intercede for us. “We are under the law to Christ” [1 Cor. 9:21].
  2. It is a “law of liberty,” and one that we have no reason to complain of as a yoke or burden; for the service of God, according to the gospel, is perfect freedom; it sets us at liberty from all slavish regards, either to the persons or the things of this world.
  3. We must all be judged by this law of liberty. Men’s eternal condition will be determined according to the gospel; this is the book that will be opened, when we shall stand before the judgment-seat; there will be no relief to those whom the gospel condemns, nor will any accusation lie against those whom the gospel justifies.
  4. It concerns us therefore so to speak and act now as become those who must shortly be judged by this law of liberty; that is, that we come up to gospel terms, that we make conscience of gospel duties, that we be of a gospel temper, and that our conversation be a gospel conversation, because by this rule we must be judged.
  5. The consideration of our being judged by the gospel should engage us more especially to be merciful in our regards to the poor: “For he shall have judgment without mercy that hath shown no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.”

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
—James 1:25

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise God for His good and perfect commandments.
  • Confession – Confess ways you have not been merciful to the poor, the weak, the lonely, the hungry, or the oppressed.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for giving us commands that tell us how to live a blessed life.
  • Supplication – Ask for the Holy Spirit’s help to obey God’s commandments with joy.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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