Do not honor one and dishonor another! #1

Treat all people the same – James 2: 1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.

 Genuine religion is illustrated by describing a situation that apparently arose out of a church problem. James called on his church family not to show favoritism or judging a person based on outward appearances.

For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 

James offered the example of two strangers coming into a church meeting. One visitor wore the trappings of wealth. The second stranger was a poor man dressed in dirty clothes. His clothing indicated poverty.

The church people looked with favor on the man wearing fine clothes. He was told, “Sit here in a good place.” He was given a place of comfort and prominence in the church. They ordered the poor man to “Stand over there” or “Sit here on the floor by my footstool. May it never be so!!!

The people made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? They judged these two guests by outward impressions. We must not neglect the poor or give preference to the rich, but love your neighbor as yourself.

Do I always express love and help others regardless of social standing or life situation?

Henry Luke

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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