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Guilty of Judging a Book by its Cover?

by | Feb 18, 2021 | James | 0 comments

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. – James 2: 8-9

Nearly every day for months, we have been reminded of our differences and have ignored what we have in common. In fact, we all make judgments based on appearances, but does our judgment cause us to treat some people better than others? In the verses above, James makes his position clear and in these verses, he clearly describes the situation. I have nothing to add.

“My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts”(James 2:1-4).

I’ve heard it said that you can tell a lot about a person by how he or she treats others. How do we treat the people that have nothing to offer us (at least in our view)?

Romans 2:11 reminds us that “God shows no partiality.” Neither should we.


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