2/18/11 Dose

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.

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