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Bible Reading: James 2.10-12

 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. James 2:10-12

In 2012, a Neurological Surgery and Physiology professor at the University of California San Francisco did some extensive research on how selective hearing works. I probably could have been a perfect candidate for this study. If selective hearing were a “spiritual gift” it would definitely be one that I possess. What about you?

In today’s text, James 2:10-12 James is addressing something a bit deeper than selective hearing. He’s talking about selective obedience. James points out the dangers of picking and choosing which commands of God need to be obeyed and which ones you think you can simply ignore. We cannot say, I think God was right when it comes to not murdering, but I disagree when it comes to adultery or coveting.

James 2.12 tells us that we are under the “law of liberty.” By God’s mercy we are freed from the curse of the law. Our obedience to the Lord is done with freedom and the sincerity of heart in pleasing Him, not through slavish duty.

Rejoice in the fact that Jesus Christ as freed us from the “law of sin and death.” Read Romans 8 to learn more about this. When we come to fully understand the reality of Christ’s sacrifice we experience true and liberating freedom.

Weekly Memory Verse: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12.2