Reading the book of James provides quite a wake up call. James (the half-brother of Jesus), I believe, is not trying to scare us with his message. I believe the book of James is instead, a result of his passion. It feels like the road map of life, the do’s and don’t, interlaced with encouragement.
One of my favorite verses in James (among many), is James 2:1-1-9
Favortism Forbidden (NIV)
1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also come in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poorman, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
I am so thankful for James. He loves us enough to just say it. There’s not much sugar coating to his words. I pray that God would help me to be mindful to accept those around me for their hearts alone.
-Remember to liveHislove,