James 2:1-9

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My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 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,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: 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? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. - James 2:1-9

Lord Jesus,

You are never impressed by wealth nor do you look down on poverty.  You make all people.  Every life is your signature on your planet.  We each have meaning, value, and purpose.  Give me your godly eyes that look on all people as your own special creations.  Use my love and attention to give dignity to the poor and direction to the rich.  Open my lips to tell both poor and rich alike about your love and forgiveness.  Make me a true lover of people in the highest sense of the word.  And flow though me to them in living color.


Pastor Don Patterson

Every soul created by God is worthy or our respect and tender care.