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2 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 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.
I love James. He is so blunt and to the point. It is the poor who go through trials and tribulations and learn to walk by faith. They are not touched by the deceitfulness of wealth and trust in it. Who do you honor or revere? Do you judge by the world standards or Gods? “Love your neighbor as yourself.” God does not measure the worth of a person by what they have. The church will push their trophy followers to the front. Those who got rich or famous to the front to lead them not thinking they came to Christ because the world system didn’t fulfill them. They did not become wise in the word instantly so why have them lead? The Bible is clear the young in the Lord should not lead. Those who show favoritism sin and put themselves out from under grace and back under the law and if they don’t keep the whole law are in need of a savior all over again. Have mercy and show grace and love all not by this world standards but Gods.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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