THEME: Don’t Discriminate
PASSAGE: James 2:1-9
HYMN: MHB 431- LOVE divine, all loves excelling,
MEMORY Verse: James 2: 5 –Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

I remember storming into the office of the Human Resource Manager to complain about the rather obese female Youth Corper that was posted to my department. I had hoped for an energetic male who could help do the leg work required in the department. After a lengthy debate, the Manager convinced me to ‘manage’ her. In the months to follow, I got to know a brilliant and hardworking member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). At the end of her Service, I rated her ‘excellent’ in her appraisal and wrote a strong recommendation for her employment. Prejudice would have robbed me of this experience and the grace to become a better person.
James warned against prejudice and partiality in James 2: 1–13. The way we handle relationships will determine whether we practise true or empty religion. Favouring the rich, despising the poor and judging people by their appearance when they come to our church or assembly are evil practices. We are to love all people regardless of their educational or socio-economic status, religious or tribal affiliations, age or gender. Jesus loves unconditionally and He expects nothing less from us in our relationships with one another.
Are you a Christian who sees only people from your tribe as brothers and sisters? Jesus Christ our role model instructs us to love even our supposed enemies, pray for them, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back and to be merciful as our Father in heaven. Then our reward will be great, and we will be sons or daughters of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked (Luke 6:32-36).
Prejudice, tribalism and favouritism breed evil. Christians should shun these vices.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, give me the mind of Christ. May I love others as Christ loves me. Amen.

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