It's always easier to point the finger at a 'wrong-doer' than acknowledge the wrong things in our own lives.
Reference: v.10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
Explore: Chapter two begins by telling us not to favour rich people over poor people, because the only reason we would do so is to gain something from them. I wonder whether we tend to favour some sins over others also. Even in our overly sex-crazed world, religious people tend to see sexual sin as a greater offense than other sins. However this verse reminds us that all sin is equal for we trip on one part and we are guilty of breaking it all.
Application: If we are to look at the two commandments that Jesus gave as His Top 2 then we can see that we all fall short of keeping all the commandments. While 'Love God and Love Others' seems so basic, I think Jesus pinpointed the most challenging of commandments as well. As soon as I say something nasty about another person, I am guilty of breaking all laws. As soon as I prioritise myself over building God's kingdom, again I am guilty of breaking all laws.
When we acknowledge how easily we break all laws, we should have more mercy on others who have broken them more publicly.
Prayer: Lord, I'm often so quick to judge others for their wrong doing and yet forget to see how much wrong I have done myself. I'm sorry for the pain I have caused you and others. Forgive me Lord, I pray. Amen.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.