I Love Me / You
Reflect upon the following verses and consider their likeness to each other:
“For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all… Speak and act as those who will be judged by the law of freedom. For judgment is without mercy to the one who hasn’t shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” -James 2:10-13
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” -Matthew 22:37-39
James reminds us that we are not without sin.
I’ve messed up countless times, and I could never hope to be perfect or get it all right all the time. Yet, every mistake I’ve made has been because I momentarily loved myself too much… and then because I love myself, I quickly get over myself and end up forgiving myself for my own mistakes… Does that ring true for anyone else?
He also reminds us that we don’t have to be bound by sin.
Because God has declared us righteous, we must speak and act in the freedom that comes in righteousness. We should forgive, accepting and extending God’s mercy.
Jesus reminds us that love conquers all things.
Despite the fact that we’ve broken the law, when we accept God’s mercy and walk in the freedom of righteousness, we are able to fulfill the 2 greatest laws. And we become empowered to do as Jesus instructs: to treat others the way we want to be treated and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
When you remember you’re a sinner, you remember that you’re no better than anyone else. When you remember you’re a saint, you remember that you CAN love others with the same kind of ridiculous love you have for yourself… that God has for you!
What can you do today to show somebody that you love them (even despite their mistakes)?