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Showing Respect of Persons

Showing respect of persons is one of the oldest sins in the world. It means to respect one person over another person. It means to accept or reject a person on the basis of some outward standard such as race, wealth, education, or position in life. The Bible warns, “But if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors” James 2:9.

If you accept or reject people on the basis of such outward standards, you will likely miss the true worth of a person. You might even miss the worth of the Lord himself. After all, he had no wealth and no college degrees to speak of.

Showing respect of persons breaks the most basic law of the Christian faith, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” This law fits with all the other laws God gave to form a unit. To break one of God’s laws is to violate the will of God. No matter how good you may be in other areas of life, if you show respect of persons, you have acted against the will of God.

God will judge us, in part, as we have judged other people. If we want God to be merciful to us on the day of judgment, then we must show mercy to others today. This is simply the Golden Rule in action. It is evident from the Bible that our Lord is no respecter of persons. Neither should his children be.

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Today's Devotional

Make the Dream Work

John Wooten, the great UCLA basketball coach who won 10 National Championships in 11 years said, “No team ever won the National Championship with the nation’s leading scorer on the team.” Then he added, “It takes teamwork to make the dream work.”

This principle is just as true in marriage, in business, and in the Christian life as it is in sports. They can never be a one-man show. It takes teamwork to make the dream work.

It is especially true in the Christian life. So, we are urged in scripture to not neglect meeting regularly together with the people of God. It is a simple fact that you need the encouragement and inspiration you get in church, and the church needs you. And we all need Jesus. Evangelist John Wesley said it best, “There is no such thing as solitary Christianity.” We all need one another.

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