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James 2:1-13 Devotional – Day 5

By November 11, 2022Daily Devotional

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

God can do all things that are consistent with His character. God is all powerful. 

Job 38:4-5
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements?

Praise God for His Omnipotence
He created from nothing. He sustains the world with no help or effort. He does the impossible. He has saved you and by his hand rescued you from a life of bondage to sin. Speak words of thanks and praise to him for his mighty power.

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 Govenor Kelly. Ask God to guide her as she serves the state of Kansas.

James 2:1-13 – Christian Standard Bible
The Sin of Favoritism

2 My brothers and sisters, do not show favoritism as you hold on to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. 2 For if someone comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and a poor person dressed in filthy clothes also comes in, 3 if you look with favor on the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Sit here in a good place,” and yet you say to the poor person, “Stand over there,” or “Sit here on the floor by my footstool,” 4 haven’t you made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Didn’t God choose the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? 6 Yet you have dishonored the poor. Don’t the rich oppress you and drag you into court? 7 Don’t they blaspheme the good name that was invoked over you?

8 Indeed, if you fulfill the royal law prescribed in the Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well. 9 If, however, you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the entire law, and yet stumbles at one point, is guilty of breaking it all. 11 For he who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder. So if you do not commit adultery, but you murder, you are a lawbreaker.

12 Speak and act as those who are to be judged by the law of freedom. 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has not shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible®, and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers, all rights reserved.

Our words and actions (that flow from our hearts) must be evaluated by our future judgment. God will judge the outcomes of our lives. Whether we are saved does not depend on our efforts, but rather on whether we have trusted Christ. However, if we have trusted Christ, then our lives, over time, will look like we have trusted him. Our words and actions will more and more align with the law that gives freedom. In the end, thank God, mercy triumphs over judgment. If we have trusted Christ, we will not receive the judgment that we deserve. Christ has taken that judgment for us. However, in our lives now we are to do the work to align our words, actions and hearts with the truth of God. This ability to obey is our responsibility, it is now within our ability, and it is our great opportunity. Contemplate today the fact that the law of God is the freedom of God. To obey is not bondage, to disobey is. To obey the perfect law of Christ is to experience freedom.

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