Law of Mercy

Ten Commandments

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:8-13 NIV)

We tend to put values on the commandments.  We think breaking one commandment is worse than breaking another.  If we say a white lie it is not as bad as murdering someone.  According to James, if we break one commandment we are breaking them all.  When Moses came down off the mountain with the Ten Commandments that God wrote on stone, Moses found the people already breaking the commandments.  They were worshiping an idol and committing adultery.  What did Moses do?  He threw down the Ten Commandments of stone and broke them all symbolizing that the people had broken them.  If you get a stain or tear on a part of a shirt then the whole shirt is damaged.  So it is with the commandments.

James ends his thought on mercy.  Thank you Lord for mercy and grace that we can come before you confessing our sins of breaking your commandments and you will forgive us and purify us.  Please Lord, help us to be merciful to others as you are to us.

–Diane Levy

Written by Diane Levy


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