Thursday, June 24, 2010

June 24, 2010

"If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers." James 2:8-9
What's love got to do with it?
What's faith got to do with it?
It's the deal!
Faith enables you to be loving toward those you don't favor. Actually, that's the point of this exhortation!
Again, I call your attention to the fact that James says you should not "show" favoritism. It does not say you shouldn't feel favoritism or have favorites.
In our 21st Century culture there is WAY too much emphasis on how you feel or what you think. Faith is about what you actually DO! That is one of the main truths James is communicating in his Book of James - "faith is demonstrated by works". It doesn't say anything about how you feel or what you think!
Faith is a commitment to live out the Law of Love toward those who you may not even like on an emotional level!
Anyone can embrace someone they have "warm fuzzies" for - but it takes a person of faith to be loving toward another they may not feel favorable toward.
Faith is fleshing out love and truth and Christian character!
Faith is not limited to how you feel or what you favor! Faith acts on what is true and what glorifies God.
How is your faith?