If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
by: Steve Osborn.
The royal law, the law of our King, is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus pointed to this as the second great commandment. If you are anything like me, this law is easier to fulfill with some people than others. There are certain types of people that just rub us the wrong way or that we are not as comfortable around. Perhaps we even have prejudices that make it difficult for us to love. James makes clear that our responsibility as believers is to love without partiality. That does not mean we will love everyone exactly the same. But it does mean that if we withhold love from anyone, we are not honoring Christ, our King, in our lives.