Love without favoritism
Love without favoritism.
Today’s devotion is based on James 2:8-10, “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. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”
How can you love someone without showing favoritism? It is easy if you only have one person to love. But when two or more people enter into the equation, it becomes problematic. The problem is that we are inclined to love those who love us. Jesus’ love is very different. He loves all people and does not show favoritism. He demonstrated his impartial love by sacrificing his life for the sins of everyone, not just a few. He chooses us to be his followers and heirs of eternal life, not because we deserve it, but because of his great love.
Embracing us with his love, Jesus leads us to love people in the way he loves them. Our Savior teaches us to love without favoritism. As his believers, we learn to love everyone. We do not consider some people more worthy of our love than others. And let’s remember that when we love people with Jesus’ kind of love, we will have opportunities to tell them about the love of Jesus.
Please pray with me; Lord Jesus, keep me from showing favoritism. When I show favoritism, forgive me, for Jesus’ sake. Instill in me a desire to love all the people in my life as you do. Amen.
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