James 2: 1-7: Loved and Called to Love, Without Favor

My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?

For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?

Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear? (James 2:1-7, NLT)

Hola amores! Thank you for coming back to SHEISALLIN where I share with YOU what God is sharing with ME in my personal devotions with Him. I love you and hope that this could be helpful in your pursuit of a deeper relationship with God. 

Over my devotions with the Lord, God really began to speak to me so deeply this week about the way that He approaches all people and sees all people with unconditional love. Come walk with me and let me tell you how.

In this chapter of James, James lets us know that favoring others is sin in the sight of God. What is sin? Anything that is not desirable to the Lord. 

Another way to think about sin is that it is anything that God wouldn’t do and that is contrary to His character. Favoring others, James reminds us, is an action that comes from our evil motives, evil motives that is just impossible for God to have because He is pure, holy, and good. 1 John 1 :15 says this about God: “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” It displays that actions like favoring others and having impartiality toward others, which are born from evil motives, are action God just cannot do because He loves so perfectly and His heart is just so pure. 

And so, James urges us to be intentional about not doing the same as people who desire to follow God. Remember that James is speaking to a specific audience, Jewish Christians of the day who were facing religious persecution. This chapter in James ultimately says this to me: our hearts can really be led by motives that are contrary to God’s heart, and that those motives may be leading to our favoring of others. These motives are so unlike the motives of God’s heart, who loves us so deeply and without condition. 

I don’t know about you, but this week I found myself constantly checking myself and my motives, because I can be so selfish.  This week, I had to constantly be reminded that things were not always about me, and that sometimes, I favor others who I really look up to and do things to recieve their favor. Why would I want to do that? Maybe for an ego boost or to satisfy my pride? 

Do you ever find yourself favoring others, like I do? Do you find yourself doing things that seem to reveal motives that is contrary to God’s character? Do you know that God loves you unconditionally, unlike the rest of us who tend to love impartially? Maybe this week, we can both do some exploring with God on the meditations of our hearts. 

I pray today that we can both begin loving like God, without condition and without partiality. It totally takes the Spirit of God, who is pure and holy, because honestly, humans really fail to be as good at loving as God is. 

I love you, and am proud of you. We’re in this “becoming like Jesus” journey together. 

With love,

Ashley 

 

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