A Study Through the Bible: James 2:1-13

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My Prayer

Lord, Thank You so much for the many blessings in my life. Thank You for my sweet son singing “I love my mommy” in rock style to me. Thank You for Your Word each morning. Speak to me and use me. Amen.

Scripture

James 2:1-13

1 My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby 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: 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 insulted 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 slandering 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,”[a] 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, “Do not commit adultery,”[b] also said, “Do not murder.”[c] 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! (NIV)

Application

Many times I want to say, “Well that was during the Bible times,” but this verse speaks loudly and clearly to me still. It is so easy to look down on those begging for handouts, especially when we live in a day that some do this for drugs or alcohol, or even as a way of life and are rich because of it.

Many of us are drawn to those who are dressed nice and look appealing to the eye, even if those are the same people who look down on us for not looking the same. It doesn’t make sense.

Christ loves everyone and He wants us to show that same love to everyone we meet. I will admit, this does not come naturally to me. I have to pray the Spirit helps me everyday to love His people just He does.

But how wonderful!!! Mercy triumphs over judgement! Where in the world would we be if this wasn’t the case? Condemned to hell since we all fall short of His glory. I am grateful God is a merciful God and forgives my past, present, and future shortcomings.

Closing Prayer

God, You are so mighty and awesome. I do not deserve Your love or Your mercy. Holy Spirit help me to show that same love and mercy to everyone I meet. Help me not show favoritism to those who appear more appealing than others.

You love all of Your children, and have called me to do the same. Thank You for granting me mercy. Without You, I would have no life.  I love You. Amen.

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