Fulfilling the Royal Law of God

August 12, 2014

“If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.” – James 2:8

The best basketball coach I ever had was a guy I felt I could never completely satisfy. He was demanding. He taught me more about basketball than anybody else, but it never seemed to be quite good enough. Maybe you’ve had a coach like that. It motivated you. You wanted to do better, but you just weren’t sure you could ever be good enough. Maybe some of you have a boss like that now, a supervisor. No matter what you do, no matter how hard you work, you still wonder to yourself, “How good is good enough?”

Well, the fact is, everybody, at some point in your life, has wondered if you’re good enough for God. And some of you are hopeful that perhaps if the good of your life outweighs the bad of your life, God will grade on the curve when that day comes and you’re finally face to face with Him. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

If you and I are fulfilling God’s royal law, we are doing a good thing. But we wonder how good is good enough? Well, this is key. We are to fulfill the royal law of God. So, what exactly does God’s Word mean by the royal law? The first part of the royal law is to recognize it is only through faith in Jesus Christ that we will ever see God in the first place. It also is the supreme law in human relationships given to us by the King of all kings – that is Jesus Christ! And that royal law is contained in what is called Christ’s Great Commandment. “You shall love the Lord your God will all your heart, soul, and mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Ask Jesus to become Lord of your life and love your neighbor as yourself, and that, my friends, is good enough.