Love is not partial

 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. (James 2:9  NIV)

Have you ever wondered why there are so many hurt feelings in organizations, homes, communities, or neighborhoods? The cause of low self-esteem is this construct of partiality.  We are to love one another regardless of our social status, “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?” (James 2:2-4).  We should love one another unconditionally.  The law and obedience to the law are dependent on this one thing, “ If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.” (James 2:8) Love is a non-discriminatory action verb.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bueller
    Aug 01, 2015 @ 09:34:16

    This speaks to me greatly. Last night I talked with one of my brother’s daughters. She wanted to know why her mother, my brother’s ex could not come to the funeral to be there for the girls. I was asked, “are we not as important as his wife”? I thought about it as I tried to think of reasons she should not be there and finally I realized keeping her away is unChristian. I know it will upset members of my family and it may upset his widow, but he WAS the girl’s father and if this is what they needed then I could not say NO! His ex was not very nice to my brother nor was she allowing my family to see the girls as they grew up. However, my brother loved his daughters very much. I believe his last phone call to me was to make sure they were taken care of. So, when I get there I must explain to my mother and the rest of the family to include his widow why I did what I did. I do not want this to become a bad funeral. I have told his ex to just be there for the girls and not to say anything to anyone else. I just pray that God guides me through this so that my brother’s funeral services are what he wanted them to be.

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  2. Joyce/EM
    Aug 01, 2015 @ 10:13:22

    You are doing the right thing. A funeral should never become a battle-ground for egos. God is in control. He will give you the right words for each person.

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