James 2:8 - The Royal Law of Love.
James 2:8 (NIV) If you really keep the royal
law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as
yourself," you are doing right.
James 2:8 (NLT) Yes indeed, it is good when
you obey the royal law as found in the
Scriptures: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Royal Law. The law of love (see Lev 19:18
and note) is called royal likely because
it is the kingdom law drawn from Jesus
teachings about the kingdom of God. The royal law is
the summation of all other laws (see Mt
22:36"40; Ro 13:8"10 and notes on 13:8"9). It is
also the law of the kingdom, since royal
could also be translated kingly. [NIV SB
Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
Whenever someone at church prays a "big
prayer" - for world peace, say, or an end to poverty
or the victims of some faraway disaster - I
feel rebuked. Here you are praying about your own
petty problems, I mentally admonish myself, when
people out there are facing real problems. War.
Then I remember a writing student I had
once who'd grown up in Kenya and was always
getting mad at our class for not knowing or caring
about the problems there that animated her. "Y'all
need to look past your own experience!" she
She and I talked a lot that semester.
"You're right," I said. "But you care
about Kenyans because you lived there. It's hard
to care about what's going on far away to
people you've never met. People care about what's
around them. That's just how it is."
That's how it is in Scripture, too, we
discussed. Throughout the Bible, we're commanded to
love our "neighbors."
We can, maybe should, expand "neighbor"
to include everyone, and the story of the good
Samaritan - Jesus's answer to a Scripture expert's
sanctimonious question, "Who is my neighbor?" - is often
read that way.
But the characters in Jesus's story - the
beaten man, the priest and the Levite who walk
around him, and the Samaritan who helps him - are
all travelers far from home, among foreigners.
They become neighbors in the moment of encounter,
when they're close enough to see one another's
For the rest of the semester, my student
made it her cause to bring Kenya close to us
through her wonderful writing, thereby enabling us,
at least momentarily, to care past our own
experience into hers.
Father, help us love those we encounter
every day and not walk around them. Patty Kirk
[Walking in Grace 2021 Devotional by Guideposts and
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS TOPIC
Matthew 22:36-40 - The Greatest Commandment.
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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Most Important Decision in Life:
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A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
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Prayer Made Real:
Importance of Choice:
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Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David
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Islam and Christianity in Prophecy, The
Third and Final Conflict by Tim Roosenberg:
Unlocking Bible Prophecies by Cami Oetman of
Adventist World Radio: https://www.awr.org/bible
Revelation Now by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
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