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James 2 - NIV

Favoritism Forbidden

1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.

2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in.

3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,”

4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?

7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you are doing right.

9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.

10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[b] also said, “You shall not murder.”[c] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,

13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Faith and Deeds


a. James 2:8 Lev.?19:18
b. James 2:11 Exodus?20:13; Deut. 5:17
c. James 2:11 Exodus?20:14; Deut.?5:18

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Vili  Costescu avatar
Kingdom Values - Mercy
Shared by: Vili Costescu on May, 2016
Summary: A new perspective on the concept of Mercy - a discretionary power to mitigate conflict or to grant forgiveness
Scripture: James 2:13
Denomination: Adventist
Views: 254
David Henderson avatar
"Playing Favorites at Church"
Shared by: David Henderson on Dec, 2015
Summary: Whether you realize it or not all of us have a list of certain people we like to be with and if were honest we have a list of people we don’t like to be with. There are desirable people and there are undesirable people.
Series: FaithWorks
Scripture: James 2:1-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 363
Paul Clemente avatar
Love our Neighbor?
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Oct, 2015
Summary: What does it mean to love your neighbor?
Series: James
Scripture: James 2:1-13
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 302
Stephen Belokur avatar
The Sin of Partiality - James 2:1-13
Shared by: Stephen Belokur on Sep, 2015
Summary: Why is showing preference to the rich a sin? And, is it really as much of a sin as murder or adultery?
Series: James
Scripture: James 2:1-13
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 311
Fr Mund Cargill Thompson avatar
Paddington goes to Syria
Shared by: Fr Mund Cargill Thompson on Sep, 2015
Summary: A sermon about healings and answered prayers and refugees and treating people equally and Paddington Bear and .... and ... well, and really not being able to stop talking because it is such good news
Kenneth Sauer avatar
"Learning from One Another; Serving with One Another"
Shared by: Kenneth Sauer on Sep, 2015
Summary: A sermon about serving with the poor.
Scripture: James 2:1-10
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 703
J Jeffrey  Smead avatar
Inhale And Exhale The Gospel
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Aug, 2015
Summary: In the Christian life faith and works go together like inhaling and exhaling. Billy Graham stated it in these terms: Faith is taking the Gospel in; works is taking the Gospel out."
Paul Basehore avatar
Straight Outta Context: Jeremiah 29:11
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Aug, 2015
Summary: Jeremiah 29:11 is not about our own personal fulfillment, it’s about our spiritual fulfillment. If we take scripture out of context, we run the risk of making scripture fit our life, instead of making our life fit scripture.
Dave McFadden avatar
“Pure Religion Rejoices with the People of God”
Shared by: Dave McFadden on Jun, 2015
Summary: James tells us that pure religion sees the ground as level at the foot of the cross.
Scripture: James 2:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 248
Greg Gordon avatar
Having No Mercy for Others, Only for Ourselves
Shared by: Greg Gordon on Jun, 2015
Summary: Because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. – James 2:13
Scripture: James 2:13
Views: 415
Buffy Cook avatar
The Sin of Partiality
Shared by: Buffy Cook on Apr, 2015
Summary: "For Dummies" books are a raging success! Why? Full of practical wisdom and simple "How To's" Wouldn't a "Christianity for Dummies," a book full of practical wisdom & simple How Tos on how to live out our faith, be great? James & this series is JUST THAT
Scripture: James 2:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 291
Greg Nance avatar
Favoritism vs Faith
Shared by: Greg Nance on Feb, 2015
Summary: Some things are inconsistent with faith in Jesus Christ. Playing favorites in church is sin, plain and simple.
Series: James
Timothy Enns avatar
Faith and Favouritism
Shared by: Timothy Enns on Oct, 2014
Summary: Looking at favouritism in the world and in the church and seeing it for what it is...a sin!
Scripture: James 2:1-13
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 943
Archie Norman avatar
Respector of Person
Shared by: Archie Norman on Sep, 2014
Summary: book of James
Scripture: James 2:1-4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 362
Chris Jordan avatar
The Royal Law: Love One Another
Shared by: Chris Jordan on Jun, 2014
Summary: In James chapter two, we learn about the royal command: to love our neighbour as ourselves.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: James 2:1-17
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 1,174
Paul Barreca avatar
Why Faith and Favoritism Cannot Co-Exist
Shared by: Paul Barreca on Mar, 2014
Summary: We cannot keep the faith if we show partiality.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: James 2:1-9
Views: 1,218
Ken Pell avatar
What Must I Do? Never Show Favoritism
Shared by: Ken Pell on Feb, 2014
Summary: Favoritism robs us of new friends and new ministry opportunities.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: James 2:1
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 373
Curry Pikkaart avatar
Making A Good Showing
Shared by: Curry Pikkaart on Feb, 2014
Summary: Are you prejudiced or just partial?
Scripture: James 2:1-13
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 564
Leslie Tarlton avatar
Judging Others
Shared by: Leslie Tarlton on Jan, 2014
Summary: An Expositional series on the book of James
Leslie Tarlton avatar
Works Could Be a Sign of Faith
Shared by: Leslie Tarlton on Jan, 2014
Summary: An Expositional Series on the Book of James
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
Rich and Poor in the Church of Jesus Christ
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Dec, 2013
Summary: There are no 'untouchables' with God!
Daniel Habben avatar
God's Favorites Have No Favorites
Shared by: Daniel Habben on Sep, 2013
Summary: Believers know that God's love for all motivates and empowers them to show love to all.
Scripture: James 2:1-13
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 535
Michael McCartney avatar
Let's Do This! James 2
Shared by: Michael McCartney on Aug, 2013
Summary: James tells us that if we want to pursue perfection in Jesus then we have to not show favoritism to others, we must have faith with action and by all means guard our tongues.
Brad Bailey avatar
When Faith Confronts Favoritism
Shared by: Brad Bailey on Jul, 2013
Summary: In the Book of James, we see the real faith that engages life's trials and temptations, social prejudice and pride, and the path to staying plugged into God.
Scripture: James 1:26-2:1
Views: 425
Ken Henson avatar
Mercy Triumphs over Judgment. James 2:8-13
Shared by: Ken Henson on Jul, 2013
Summary: When we excuse ourselves for our prejudices of color, education, culture, or status, we undo the love mercy of God in our lives.
Scripture: James 2:8-13
Denomination: *other
Views: 838
Greg Thompson avatar
What is sin?
Shared by: Greg Thompson on Jun, 2013
Summary: 7 Biblical definitions of sin
Scripture: James 2:9
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 450
Spencer Miller avatar
Snobs In The Sanctuary
Shared by: Spencer Miller on Jun, 2013
Summary: The person who shows partiality often focuses on very trivial, mundane, and changeable things. Sadly, their focus is on such things as clothes, houses, cars, and any and all kinds of outward things.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: James 2:1-4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,253
Peter Toy avatar
The Cure for Discrimination
Shared by: Peter Toy on Mar, 2013
Summary: Mercy is the cure for discrimination
Series: James
Scripture: James 2:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 658
Leonard Cook avatar
The Living Dead
Shared by: Leonard Cook on Feb, 2013
Summary: Holiness in Church (2:1-7) Holiness of the Heart (2:8-13) Holiness in Actions (2:14-18)
Scripture: James 2:1-26
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 558
Brian Bill avatar
Refusing to Play Favorites
Shared by: Brian Bill on Sep, 2012
Summary: If you want God's favor, don't treat people with favoritism.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: James 2:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,324