Thursday, April 12, 2007

James 2:1 ~ My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show FAVORITISM.

Howdy my friends! =D

Isn't that a fine verse? It talks about FAVORITISM. Other words that can describe favoritism are: DISCRIMINATION or partiality. James 2:2-4 talks about showing favoritism. Now here's the "scene":

2 For if there should come into your meeting a man with gold rings, and fine clothes, and there should also come in a poor man with filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing fine clothes and say to him, "You sit here in a good place", and say to the poor man, "You stand there, or, "Sit on the floor by my feet", 4 have you not shown favoritism among yourselves, and become j udges of evil thoughts?

Well I'm sure you know what that portion of Scripture was talking about. =) Many times, we tend to discriminate and sort of reject people who are considered "unpopular". (Gosh, this is too familiar! Haha.) Yes, we have a tendency to judge people from their outside appearance. Its just... natural. Right? But no, my friend!

As believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we should be: SUPERNATURAL!

Why can't we step out of our comfort zones and take notice of those who are usually "unnoticed"? Well, ofcourse, we may be laughed at for being "stupid" to mix around with the so-called "unpopular" kids. But you know what? We're supposed to be DIFFERENT. Why do we have to care about what silly people think? Why do we ignore those whom our friends ignore? As Christians, we are called to NOT show favoritism.

John 7:24 ~ Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgement.

God has created us all different. Ofcourse, we don't have to be best friends with everyone. But the point is, we shouldn't discriminate and reject people, for all of us are created by God! Sometimes I know we really can't help it but to set ourselves apart from "some" people. Its terribly hard I can say. But God can help us! We are children of God, and we're indeed SPECIAL, unique and different from the world. So rejoice in that fact and don't discriminate any more! =D

Proverbs 22:2 ~ The rich and the poor have this is common, the Lord is the MAKER OF THEM ALL.

I love this verse! It sums up my article today, PERFECTLY. So till then, I pray this gets into your heart! =) God bless.

Janielle Beh

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