Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Kitchen Table Devotions

James

Day 17

For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in  fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, 3 and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there or sit down by my footstool,” 4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?

James 2:2-4

You know, it’s amazing what happens when we get the relationship issues corrected in our lives.  Restoring & renewing our relationships will always involve recognizing and repairing our own lives with Jesus’ help.  God once told me that when I sin, I don’t hurt my relationship with Him but I hurt my relationship with myself.  When I sin, He keeps loving & liking me, but I don’t love & like myself.  With that in mind, watch out for the dilemma of distinctions.  The dilemma of distinction happens when we look at and judge others by what we like rather than who He loves.  It’s the sin of selfishness & superiority again.  Bad religion labels and leaves people while true religion loves and leads all people to Jesus.  Yep, good religion takes all people by the hand and helps them find love with a new label for a new life.  If that’s not who we are then something evil is motivating our lives.

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