“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” James 2:10 NIV
“For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.” NLT
I wanted to add the New Living Translation to this because I think it says it beautifully. So many people believe “my sin isn’t as big as his, all I did was lie or stole a grape from the package. That’s not as big as the sin of a child molester, rapist or murderer.” But the Bible begs to differ. God says if you commit one, then you are as guilty as committing them all. What an eye-opener.
I was watching a video done by Living Waters that was quite educational about how God sees things and how Christ would have ministered. They pointed out that you may think you are a good person but by whose or Whose standards? I have been the person that tastes a grape out of a package, not because I am hungry but because I want to make sure they are sweet before I buy them but that is still not acceptable and I never would have even thought of that. As I was watching I began to realize that many people do not even know God’s laws and that there are 613. That may seem like an outrageous number so just spend some time focusing on the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) and remember as you read them that being guilty of one is just as bad as being guilty of all ten. The only Person Who can wash your sins away is Christ so after you are done reviewing and thinking on them, pray that He will fill your heart and cleanse you of your sins.
1. There is only One God – no other gods before Me.
2. Worship was only meant for Him not idols (false gods) – do not worship idols.
3. Use the LORD’s name only respectfully – do not take the Lord’s name in vain.
4. Respect the Sabbath – keep the Sabbath holy.
5. Honor your father and mother
6. Every life should be saved – do not kill.
7. Sex is between a husband and wife only – do not commit adultery.
8. Respect other people’s property – do not steal.
9. Speak the truth – do not lie.
10. Be thankful and grateful for what you have – do not covert your neighbor’s house.
Side note: I memorized these years ago through music by the Go Fish Guys called “The Ten Commandment Boogie.” I recommend that you take some time to listen, not only are you listening to scripture but it is done in a humorous way that your kids will love.
In addition to the above resource I have listed, you can find this book The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort on Amazon. It would be a great read on the subject and one you will want to add to your personal library.
I am making great strides to leave my sins behind, are you?
With HIS love!