Friday, April 27, 2012
Read James Chapter 2:1-4 1My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. 2Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3If 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," 4have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? What does it mean to show favoritism? Why do people normally show favoritism? What is the cause? (Being people pleasers. Seeking something in return for our good deeds. Remind of James 1:27) Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. the world shows favoritism but it should not be in the church In what ways might believers show favoritism today in the church ? Does God show favoritism? “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52 How can Gods favor be different then favoritism? read verses 8-13 8If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. 9But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. 12Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment! What is the royal law? Why is this called the royal law? How serious is showing partiality? In what way does failing the law at just one point make us guilty of breaking all of it? We have all broken at least one law, what hope do we have? If a person has no mercy towards others, what does this show about his heart? How are showing mercy and being impartial linked?