Today’s devotion is based on James 2:1, “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.”
In the Bible, God encourages us to love and treat everyone the same way. Our love and care should be consistent. There is to be no favoritism, but we have all witnessed the results of such favoritism: anger, resentment, hurt feelings, and frustration may all stem from favoritism.
We don’t want that from God either. If God played favorites, then our salvation would be in jeopardy. We wouldn’t know if he truly loved us as much as others. We would constantly wonder if we had impressed him enough to be saved. We would look around at others and constantly feel like they are better than us. We certainly would not have any confidence in going to heaven.
Thankfully, God doesn’t play favorites. The Bible says: “God so loved the world”(John 3:16). God loves us all; yes, even that person we don’t like. The Bible also says, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Thank God that he shows no favoritism!
Please pray with me, Heavenly Father; thank you for loving me in Christ. Thank you for loving all of us equally. Help me to model that same love in my life and not show favoritism. In Jesus’ blessed name, I pray. Amen.