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Partiality

They say, “You can’t judge a book by its cover”, but that has never stopped me from trying.  There is no doubt that movie posters and book covers have an impact on whether we will spend our money and time.  Looks are often deceiving.  I know I have struck out many times judging the covers of books and movies.  While judging movies by their cover might be poor decision-making, judging people by their looks is far worse.  James 2 says,

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 find 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

Judging people based on their outward appearance isn’t just foolish, it’s wicked.  Showing favor based on wealth or appearances is evil in God’s eyes.  We must resist the worldly urge to cater to people that we see as successful, or to those that we think can in a human way help advance our social standing, our business, or our ministry.  If that’s what we are doing, we aren’t giving our time and attention out of love; it is a self-seeking endeavor.  It’s a sinful heart that shows favoritism for wealth, beauty, or that pre-judges other races of people.  James continues,

For judgement is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy.  Mercy triumphs over judgement.

- James 2:13

If we spend more time and attention on the wealthy and beautiful, we are showing a lack of grace and mercy to those that are not.  However we judge, it will be judged to us.  Whatever mercy we give to others will be given to us.  What a challenging and soul-searching word!  Let’s pray today that God would search our hearts and rid us of all prejudice thoughts and actions, to free us of favoritism, and to give us eyes to see people the way that Jesus sees them!

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