My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? …. If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin. James 2:1-4, 8-9A
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
God’s plan for reaching the world through Christ unfolds and succeeds as those who have been reached for Christ reach others for Christ. The impetus for there being a plan at all is seen in the famous words, “For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son.” “Love for the world” is the key to our being used to reach the world for Christ. God’s love for the world is a love for all people of the world. We must have a love all people of the world as well. Unfortunately, Christians fall short at loving all the world.
Today’s Scripture speaks of having “an attitude of personal favoritism” and how this is inconsistent with “your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.” Our passage gives one example of personal favoritism, but every one of us can come with many examples from our own lives. In theory we love all the world, but in reality we make exceptions routinely. When we do this we are not fulfilling the royal law of “loving your neighbor.” Our passage puts it right out there, that loving the world partially is sin.
When we love the world partially, we are not really offering real love even to those we are partial to. This is because when we don’t love the whole world we only have conditional love to offer, and that’s not the love of the royal law nor is it the love that reaches the world for Christ. May God help us to do well at fulfilling the royal law of Scripture to love all people because when we do we do well at reaching the world for Christ.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, help me to see clearly the distinctions I make among people that lead me into the sin of personal favoritism and partiality. Help me to love the world the way you love the world. Change my heart so that I may be used more fully to reach others for Christ. Amen!
Posted on Tue, April 26, 2016
by Alan Porter