Bible Reading: James 2.1-4

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. James 2.1-4

As we begin this new week, we do so with a call to have a faith with corresponding fruit and works. Christians should display such faith with a character that is consistent with their glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A faith that is alive loves others with a brotherly kindness and without favoritism.

Whether, James is speaking of an actual event or a hypothetical one the point is clear. We are not to favor one over another. We can be prone to judge others based on their outward appearance, financial status and positions. As followers of Christ there is to be no hint of partiality or prejudices. Remember, we are servants of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, just as James is (James 1.1). Our aim should be to serve others no matter what they have or do not have (Mark 10.45).

As you read and pray today, ask the Lord to rid you of any hints of partiality and prejudices. Ask Him to give you a compassionate heart for all people.

Weekly Memory Verse: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12.2