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A LAW OF LIBERATING LOVE

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Sermon shared by Dennis Davidson

October 2009
Summary: Since we all are law breakers, we need to seek mercy. Those who have found mercy from Godís judgment should no longer judge otherís with partiality but with mercy.
Series: James
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
JAMES 2:8-13
A LAW OF LIBERATING LOVE
[Matthew 22:36-40]

Getting a proper perspective can help change our attitude. A COWBOY out west was driving down a dirt road with his dog riding in back of the pickup truck and his faithful horse in the trailer behind. He failed to negotiate a curve and had a terrible accident.
Sometime later a state trooper came upon the scene. An animal lover, he saw the horse first. Realizing the terminal nature of its injuries, he drew his service revolver and put the animal out of itís misery. He walked around the accident and found the dog, also hurt critically. He couldnít bear to hear it whine in pain, so he ended the dogís suffering as well.
Next he tried to locate the cowboy who had suffered multiple fractures when he was thrown out of his pickup. As the officer broke through the weeds he saw him. The cop asked, "Hey are you okay?"
The cowboy took one look at the smoking revolver in the trooperís hand and quickly replied, "Never felt better!"
Getting a proper perceptive can change our attitude and behavior. The perspective of our text today should help us gain the understanding that we all need Godís mercy.
The Divine Law of the Old Testament is impartial and indivisible. To break it at one point breaks it all together because it is one unit. It applies to all people equally. Since therefore we all are law breakers, we need to seek mercy. Those who have found mercy from Godís judgment should no longer judge otherís with partiality but with mercy. For the person who refuses to give mercy on the human level will receive no mercy on the divine level. We would be wise to let mercy triumph over judgment so that we too might be judged with mercy. Let us follow the royal law, the law of love that is to be impartially extended to oneís neighbor.

I. FULFILL THE ROYAL LAW, 8.
II. THE INDIVISIBLE UNITY OF THE DIVINE LAW, 9-11.
III. MERCY RECEIVED BECOMES MERCY GIVEN, 12-13.

In verse 8 we are called upon to fulfill the royal law of love. If indeed you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR (the one near you) AS YOURSELF," you are doing well.

The law of love, you shall love you neighbor as yourself, is called the Royal Law because it is the supreme law and is to be the source of all other laws governing human relationship. It is the summation of all Godís laws (Mt. 22:36-40; Rom. 13:8-10). It is also called royal or regal (basilikon for basileus, meaning king) because it is decreed by the one true King, the King of Kings (Jn. 13:34).
Love is the law of His Kingdom, it is the law of liberty. To fulfill the royal law is to carry it out, to put it into practice. Obedience to this law of love is the answer to prejudicial favoritism. There would be no reason for the Divine Law if each person truly loved his neighbor as himself. Love for God motivates us to obey the Word of God and treat people as God commands.
This generation needs to go "back-to-basics." Nothing is more basic than the "royal law." Frustrated, angry Christians contradict their calling. Football coach Vince Lombardi was fanatical about basics. Once, his Green Bay Packers were defeated by an inferior team. At the team meeting, the players had no idea what to expect. Lombardi gritted his teeth and stared holes through
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