In the first chapter of his letter, James encouraged us to trust God through our trials; not falling prey to Satan’s tempting shortcuts, but continuing to do what God’s Word says is right.
We are now 25% of the way through our summer series. Today, we begin Chapter 2…
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. (James 2:1)
He addresses his readers as brothers, which means he is talking to Christians. He reminds us that the faith we hold is in Jesus, who is the Lord of glory. He is the One that we should honour, and yet we have a tendency to put some people up on pedestals, while holding others in contempt.
You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbour. (Leviticus 19:15)
So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.” (Acts 10:34-35)
When Jesus looks at people, He sees them in two groups – Christians and non-Christians. We need to look at people through the eyes of Christ. If the person is a Christian, we accept him because Christ lives in him. If the person is not a Christian, we accept him because Christ died for him. (We must never accept sin, but we accept every person as someone valuable who has been created in the image of God.)
Today’s Good News is that all people are created in the image of God, and possess great value. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, and offers forgiveness to all. Whoever believes in Him and accepts His salvation will have eternal life.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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