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James is continuing in the theme of how important of a role our actions play in our life of faith, but he also talks about our internal attitudes toward others in our own community. His words around this topic are clear, practical, and to the point. He knows how the human mind works and takes no time letting us know that when we show partiality, when we silently judge others for any reason, when we privately separate in our minds who’s in and whose out, we are committing sin.
Scripture: James 2:1-26
My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favouritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, ‘Have a seat here, please’, while to the one who is poor you say, ‘Stand there’, or, ‘Sit at my feet’, have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?