James 2:1-8

“My brethren, show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man with gold rings and in fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while you say to the poor man, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?  Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him?  But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you, is it not they who drag you into court?  Is it not they who blaspheme the honorable name which was invoked over you?  If you really fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well.”

 

Many times we will treat someone by their outward appearance: clothing, car, house, business card, etc. or lack thereof.  Jesus is such an inspiration for us in that he ate with sinners, was willing to touch and heal the sick, not caring about their outward appearance.  Rather he knew that they needed healing and were seeking to be cured.

 

May we look at those around us as Jesus did, with empathy and love not caring about their worldly status.

 

God bless,

 

Doug

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