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Just One Little Sin

Just One Little Sin

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Just One Little Sin

James 2:10-13

10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

  1. Just one little sin… makes you a sinner. (v. 10)
    • God expects us to keep all His law. (Leviticus 19:37; Matthew 28:20)
    • We do not have the right decide.
    • If we’re willing to violate even one command…
    • It only takes one sin to be condemned. (Romans 6:23; Acts 8:18-23)
  1. Just one little sin… isn’t forgiven by faithful observance of all the rest of God’s law. (v. 11)
    • Should a murderer go free because of an otherwise exemplary life? (Ezekiel 18:26)
    • God will not pass over a sin committed in a weak moment by an otherwise righteous person. (Mark 10:17-22)
  1. Just one little sin… if unforgiven, will condemn us in judgment. (v. 12)
    • We will all be judged in some manner. (Romans 14:10)
    • We will be judged by the law of liberty.  (v. 8; Romans 2:16)
  1. For those who: Listen, repent, and change; the mercy of God forgives us from the judgment of “just one little sin.” (v. 13)
    • The unbeliever.  (Titus 3:5)
    • The erring Christian. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
    • To obtain this mercy, we must also be merciful. (Matthew 5:7)

 

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