LIFe with God: January 26

Posted on January 26, 2011

Scripture

James 2:1-13

James 2:1-13 (NET)  (1) My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.  (2)  For if someone comes into your assembly wearing a gold ring and fine clothing, and a poor person enters in filthy clothes,  (3)  do you pay attention to the one who is finely dressed and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and to the poor person, “You stand over there,” or “Sit on the floor”?  (4)  If so, have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil motives?  (5)  Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! Did not God choose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him?  (6)  But you have dishonored the poor! Are not the rich oppressing you and dragging you into the courts?  (7)  Do they not blaspheme the good name of the one you belong to?  (8)  But if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.  (9)  But if you show prejudice, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as violators.  (10)  For the one who obeys 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.” Now if you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a violator of the law.  (12)  Speak and act as those who will be judged by a law that gives freedom.  (13)  For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over judgment.

Observation

How are we to treat people of different social and financial positions? Why?

Application

Have I fallen into the trap of the world’s perspective of people based on socio-economic prestige (or a lack thereof)?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, Help me not to show prejudice, for I possess faith in my glorious Lord Jesus Christ. So if someone comes into our assembly wearing a gold ring and fine clothing, and a poor person enters in filthy clothes, may I not pay more attention to the one who is finely dressed and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and to the poor person, “You stand over there,” or “Sit on the floor”? If I do so, I have made distinctions and become a judge with evil motives. Remind me to listen to Your word: You chose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that You promised to those who love You. Therefore, may I never dishonor the poor, for it is usually the rich and powerful that blaspheme the good name of the One I belong to. So empower me to fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” and I will be doing well. But if I show prejudice, I am committing sin. Judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But I thank You that Your mercy triumphs over judgment. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Scott & Kristi Guinn
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Patrick Hall
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for Meridian

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked. – 1 John 2:6 (NET)

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