Showing Partiality
James 2:1-13
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
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Published April 5th, 2016
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James 2:1-13
My brothers, 1 w show no partiality
as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ,
x the Lord of glory.
For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine 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,”
y 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 z judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my beloved brothers,
a has not God chosen those who are poor in the world
to be b rich in faith and heirs of c the kingdom,
d which he has promised to those who love him?
But you e have dishonored the poor man.
Are not the rich the ones who oppress you,
and the ones who f drag you g into court?
Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable h name by which you were called?
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,
i “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,”
you are doing well.
But if you j show partiality,
you are committing sin
and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
For whoever keeps the whole law
but fails in one point
k has become accountable for all of it.
For he who said,
l “Do not commit adultery,”
also said, l “Do not murder.”
If you do not commit adultery
but do murder,
you have become a transgressor of the law.
So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under m the law of liberty.
For n judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy.
Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Chris Thomas
I love the way you've broken this right down. Very helpful. Thanks for your effort on this, it is a real blessing.
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