Welcome to DAY 9 of our online Bible study on James!
— Read: James 2:5-9 —
If I take a peek at the world’s headlines today, I am not surprised by the partiality demonstrated between different groups of people. Partiality is prevalent throughout the world.
Everyone wants unity across humanity, yet as individuals, we are extremely partial towards one another. Why? Well, in the world, there is no true, perfect standard to bind us together and rules over us.
Then I paused and wondered: “Lord, are we the Church a stark contrast from the world? Do we treat each other impartially? Are we united as one in You just as You are one with the Father? Am I loving my brothers and sisters by telling them the truth or what they want to hear?”
As I pondered these questions, I took long look in the mirror of my heart.
And in this process, the Lord showed me that I, too, can show favoritism toward people who either look like me, talk like me, or think like me. Maybe they have a similar background as me and I’m particularly sensitive to their stories. Or maybe there’s a woman and I’m hesitant to tell them the truth because I don’t want to hurt their feelings.
When I rely on own biases — rather than what the Word of God says about a particular situation — I not only negatively impact my personal relationship with the Lord, but the entire Body of Christ is affected. For we are all One Body and each of our decisions affects one another.
1 Corinthians 12:23-26 says:
“…there should be no schism in the body, but the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”
What a beautiful picture of what God desires for us in Christ!
Throughout Scripture we see that God Himself is impartial towards everyone regardless of their background (Romans 2:11; Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Job 34:19; 1 Peter 1:17).
Though our feelings may seem very real to us, God’s Word is the perfect standard and must rule over our feelings.
We must submit to the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth, and do what He says no matter how we may look before others. What if my sister needs to hear the truth over what she wants to hear? What if I look like the “bad friend” for some time but later down the line, she recognizes that I told her the truth out of love (Proverbs 9:8)?
Loving our neighbors as ourselves is placing their welfare over our own reputation, security, and comfort.
My prayer for us as the Body of Christ is to continue to choose God’s Word over our own feelings and biases. As Psalm 19:7-9 says:
“The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise. The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad; the command of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous.”
As we allow God to work through us, we will grow to show true love and impartiality towards one another.
— Diving Deeper —
Who is the Lord leading you to show kindness to today?
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