Wednesday, 21 September 2011

James - Faith removes Discrimination

James 2 v 1-13

Vs 1:  My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.


Vs 9:  But if you show partiality, you commit a sin.


Vs 13:  For there will be no mercy for you if you have not been merciful to others.  But if you have been merciful, then God's mercy toward you will win out over His judgement against you. (NLT)

Discrimination, partiality, favouring one over another - it is all sin in God's eyes.  (I am not talking about tolerance of sinful stuff either - that's a whole other subject).  Its actually judging someone else as lesser than yourself which brings in pride.  Ooh, see how sin begets sin?  Vicious cycle!

God says we are to be merciful, love the unlovely, be gracious, be ambassadors for Christ.  So many Christians, myself included, give God a bad name.  We need to start changing that.  We can start by trying to see each and every person the way God sees them - His own, loved by Him!


A few years back there was an issue at school, one child bullying another.  Alas, our Christian school seems no different from any other.  I remember saying to another parent, "The problem is we tell our children how precious they are, how special, and that God has a special plan and purpose for their lives (all true, by the way), but we forget to teach them that so is every other child precious and special to God."

I think that summarizes these few verses!  Each person is special to God and He shows no partiality.  Neither should we.

God bless
Tracy

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13 comments:

  1. Amen, everyone is precious in God's eyes. About accepting each other's weaknesses and character; we must help our children to see others as precious. They have to learn it. Great posting!

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  2. Another tough one.
    Walking the talk is the way we need to live. EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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  3. Um, ouch! "So many Christians, myself included, give God a bad name." Thanks for this encouragement to show love to everyone, Tracy. You are a blessing to me. :)

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  4. Great encouragement Tracy! We are all special and all have a place. God created us all and loves us all.

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  5. A good reminder, Tracy. Something we as adults need to remember and something we need to instill in our kids!

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  6. Yes, my sister....may love prevail! ~ jen

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  7. Hi Jedidja - teaching our children to not discriminate is important. But I need to lead by example, so it starts with me :)

    Hi Stefanie - walk the talk in deed

    Hi Lisa - and you bless me. I appreciate your comments greatly :)

    Hi Jenifer - now to just put all that truth into action :)

    Hi Eileen - I so agree, although sometimes I think the kids have a better grip on this than we do.

    Hi Jen - I think you hit the nail on the head, its all about love, God's love.

    Ladies - you bless me and I'm grateful for your comments.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  8. Well written Tracy. As Christians we should include everyone, He loves us all the same-no matter what!

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  9. Well written Tracy. As Christians we should include everyone, He loves us all the same-no matter what!

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  10. I have had my own experience with that. I hope you are doing well!

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  11. So true, Tracy. We are all precious in His sight.

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  12. Your observation about the things we pour into our kids and yet don't point out about others is poignant. A good reminder to think of others first, always.

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  13. Hi Allison - yes, that is what we should aim for.

    Hi Dawn - I fail often, but the thing is to keep trying, right?

    Hi Joan - amen, now just to walk like we believe that

    Hi Brenda - a great way to put it, thinking of others first would most definitely help with eliminating discrimination.

    Ladies, as always, I am blessed by your comments.
    God bless
    Tracy

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