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.
Brent Karding
Good afternoon, Chadwick!

I've been an instructor at Biblearc for a year now, and I'm heading up our new forum, which you've probably read about in an e-mail from last week. 

I added all the devotional blog posts from the old blog to our current forum, including 2 that you wrote.

I was wondering - would you be able to contribute an occasional post to the forum? This is the first one that I've done, and it is similar to how you and Andy and others did blog posts before:

I'm sure you're quite busy already, and I don't want to burden you. But I want to get the forum off the ground, and so I'm contacting the people who wrote for the blog in the past.

God bless!

(You can reply here, or you could e-mail me at
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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