|TRINITY BIBLE CHURCH|
James 2:18 states, “If, however, you are fulfilling the Royal Law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.” The verb fulfilling (teléō) means putting something into practice to accomplish a goal. As Jesus outlined in Matthew 5:43-48, the Kingdom citizen’s goal is loving others the same way God the Father loves all — indiscriminately and equally. Notably, God expects believers to love the hurting and helpless, as He does. Too often, believers overlook them because they see them as a burden. Worse, when believers do minister to the hurting and helpless, they do it for the applause or attention of people. Hence, before moving on from His corrections of Pharisaical misinterpretations of God’s Law, Jesus focuses upon the hurting, the helpless, and the Kingdom citizen in Matthew 6:1-4.