FOR FRIDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: James 2:1-13
“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” (James 2:10; New Revised Standard Version)
I always considered myself a “law-abiding citizen”. That is, until I realized that when I drove a “just a bit” over the speed-limit, or when I did what we used to call a “California pause” at a stop sign, or (more recently) chose to send or read a text on my cell phone while I was driving, I was a law-breaker.
Trying to water down my offenses by saying that I never actually murdered someone (although I might have wished under my breath that they would “drop dead”) does not clear my other “minor” infractions of the law. When I break any part or portion of the law I make myself “accountable for all of it.”
I need to kneel beside the tax collector in Luke 18:13, and pray, “Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.”
Prayer: Forgive me, Gracious God, for all the ways I have failed to live up to your law of love. Help me, this day, to follow your teaching in each and every way. Amen.