What Did James Mean When He Said:

“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)

What does James have in mind when he repeats this commandment of God from Leviticus 19:18: “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.” We are supposed to love ourselves. If we did not, we could not stay alive for very long. We would not be able to exercise the God-given instinct of self-preservation. What he actually commands is that we should measure our love toward others by the measure of love we have for ourselves. If we love others any less than we love ourselves, then we fall short of the royal law of God’s love. If we love others less than we love ourselves, then we love God less than we love ourselves and therefore fall short of the first and greatest commandment of which the Lord Jesus Christ spoke, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

We surely need the lesson in Christian grammar which the Bishop of Cambridge once taught a class. He said:

We have all learned to say in school: ‘First Person-I; Second Person-Thou; Third Person-He.’ But that is wrong in Christian grammar, so wrong that, to put it right, one has to turn it upside down. The Christian grammar is: ‘First Person-He; Second Person-Thou; Third Person-I; And ‘HE’ means God, the First Person in the first place. Then ‘Thou’ means one’s fellowman, and ‘I’ myself comes last.

God grant that we learn this lesson in Christian grammar and then we shall really perfect in our lives the love of Christ.

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  1. Michael Says:

    It’s a sad situation but maybe a learning one to, especially in litght of the fact that the witesses teaching are taken frrom the Watchtower magaziine with some scripture to look up in their perverted ttranslation, the New World Translation of the bible. Scripture has been tampered with to suit there own version of wht the scriptures say, if the witnesses have ner read a true Christian bible they have nothing to compare their scripture with and believe what they are being told, and they have it drilled into their heads that they are “in the truth” and all other churches are controlled by Satan himself. There version of baptizing is certainly not scriptual tbe witnesses are pledging alliagiance to the Watower society and do not baptize as Jesus told the deciples to do in the name of the Father,and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost they also believe they are saved at the same time as one witness told me. We are told in scrpture not to judge lest we be judged, the witess congregation are repeatedly told their is no salvation any other place but only in their society, they talk of all the chuches being deceived by satan, it appears to me satan is alive and well in the jehovah witnesses kingdom halls and doing a good job of deceiving the faithfull. We as born again Christians shold be praying that they find true salvation in Christ Jesus and find a new vibrant life not one where they live in fear of being disfellowshipped and fear of not doing enough for their salvation, when hyou are told not to think independantly but collectively and not to question anything they are being led by men who have been deceived by satan himself we pray that God would speak to their hearts and that they would be free from the shackles of the Watchtower society.

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