Love Like Christ
When we deal with trials, contentions, and lack of faith, we can still have joy in the midst of our circumstances. Faith, or lack thereof, can determine the direction of one’s life and how we see the world around us. As we walk through the book of James, we find a how-to manual for the Christian life. Join us as we journey through the book a James and find out how to have a faith that works.
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Study Guide Questions
James begins Chapter 2 with a very simple, yet powerful, point - having faith in Jesus and showing favoritism, or discrimination, are not compatible with each other. Every single one of us have experienced some kind of favoritism or discrimination based on how we look, how we dress, our gender, our skin color, or a whole list of physical identifiers in our life. As Christians, we are called to not look at the outward, but to love everyone equally as God's creation. Have you ever seen favoritism in your life? Have you ever shown favoritism?
When it comes to a church community, we realize that our outward appearances may be different, but inside we are all the same - sinners. Who we are according to the world's standards has no relevance at the foot of the cross. Before God, we are all equally broken and he shows no favoritism to those who fear his name and accept him as their savior. It is only through God's forgiveness and saving grace that we can stand before him and be found righteous. If there is one community of people in this world where all should receive equal treatment, it must be in the church. How can you show love and impartiality to those who are in your life so that God's love can shine through you?
Jesus claimed that those who are poor in spirit will be blessed, that the kingdom of God will be theirs. They have been given the offer to be rich in faith and to be heirs in Christ. Loving on everyone who comes to find a relationship with Jesus is fulfilling the Royal Law "Love your neighbor as yourself." If we want to represent Jesus in this world, then we should love one another as God has loved us. How can you love on someone fully and unconditionally, with grace and mercy, as God has loved you?
Additional Scripture to explore: James 2:1-9, Acts 10:34-35, Luke 6:20, Matthew 22:37-40