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James 2:1-13 Devotional – Day 2

By November 8, 2022Daily Devotional

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

GOD IS ETERNAL  God has always existed. God does not have a beginning. He will have no end.

Isaiah 40:28
Have you never heard? Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

Praise the God who is Eternal
Before time began, God existed. Before the mountains stood, God was present. Leaders, celebrities, fashion, and technology all come and go but God will always be. Praise God because He always has been and He will be forever.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Pray for Youth Horizons. Ask God to encourage their staff. Ask God to use their programs and volunteers to introduce children at-risk to Christ.

SCRIPTURE READING:
James 2:1-13 – English Standard Version
The Sin of Partiality
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 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, 3 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,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION:
With yesterday in mind (go read it first if you missed it) think about the absurdity of a situation where a man walks into church and is given special treatment because of how he is dressed. James writes that to give deferential treatment to a rich over a poor man indicates that we have become judges with evil thoughts. I would add to this, we have become fools who are out of their minds. This is downright crazy. By crazy I mean out of touch with reality. Reality is that we worship the glorious Lord Jesus Christ. To give special favor to another human because of some external and temporary factor is to live in unreality. Don’t miss the principle here by getting stuck in the example. This is not about seating arrangements, it is about the condition of our hearts. Perhaps you don’t admire and respect the rich. Perhaps you are well off yourself. Perhaps you have disdain for those who dress nice and have a lot. The example is not the point. The point is this, “As believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.” Why not show favoritism? Because you are a believer in the glorious Lord Jesus Christ.

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