Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.
Emery Silva brings today’s message
Today’s Message: The Book of James
Part 3: How to Love Your Neighbor
James 2: 1-12, NIV
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ
must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meet–
ing 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. For whoever
keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of
breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”
also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but
do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that
gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to
anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
Summary: Two ways to overcome favoritism
1. Change your glasses
2. Love your neighbor in action
1. What is God’s call to us as individuals?
– Awareness of who we avoid and what we fear
– Do it differently
– In my life….
2. What is God’s call to us as a church community?
– Your ideas
– One practical step you’ll take
– Who will support you?
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