August 1, 2010
FAILURE THERE IS HOPE”
I John 2:1-6
TEXT: I John 2:1-2
My dear children, I
am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But
if you do sin, there is someone to plead for you
before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who
pleases God completely.
He is the sacrifice for
our sins. He takes away not only our sins but the
sins of all the world.
What happens when after
we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and we
find ourselves back in sin?
One of the great
messages of the Church is that after failure there
One of satan’s favorite
tricks is to deceive us into believing that once we
fall back into sin there is no more hope.
Many Christians have
wallowed in discouragement and despair because of
But there is
forgiveness with God as long as there is true
130:1-8 (NLT) From
the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help.
Hear my cry, O Lord.
Pay attention to my
Lord, if you kept a
record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?
But you offer
forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you.
I am counting on the
Lord; yes, I am counting on him.
I have put my hope in
I long for the Lord
more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than
sentries long for the dawn.
O Israel, hope in the
Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love and
an overflowing supply of salvation.
He himself will free Israel
from every kind of sin.
David & Peter
51:1-3 (KJV) Have
mercy upon me, O God, according to thy
lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy
tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Wash me throughly from
mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I
acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever
51:12 (NLT) Restore to
me again the joy of your salvation, and make me
willing to obey you.
The difference between
David & Peter and Saul & Judas, David and Peter
repented while Saul and Judas did not.
This does not give us a
license to sin.
6:1-2 (NLT) Well
then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show
us more and more kindness and forgiveness?
Of course not! Since we
have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
I. AFTER FAILURE THERE IS HOPE.
John writes that we
should not sin, but if we do sin there is hope in
2:1-2 My dear
children, I am writing this to you so that you will
not sin. But if you do sin, there is someone to
plead for you before the Father.
He is Jesus Christ, the
one who pleases God completely. He is the sacrifice
for our sins. He takes away not only our sins but
the sins of all the world.
A. THERE IS HOPE
BECAUSE JESUS INTERCEDES FOR US.
God does not want us to
sin but He knows that we are weak and are subject to
78:38-39 But he, being
full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and
destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his
anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For
he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that
passeth away, and cometh not again.
103:14 For he knoweth
our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
Jesus became man that
He might understand our weakness and what we go
2:17 (NLT) Therefore,
it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect
like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could
be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God.
He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away
the sins of the people.
4:15 (NLT) This High
Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he
faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did
understands our weakness He intercedes on our behalf
before His Father.
8:34 (NLT) Who then
will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is
the one who died for us and was raised to life for
us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next
to God, pleading for us.
Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save
everyone who comes to God through him. He lives
forever to plead with God on their behalf.
He is the kind of high
priest we need because he is holy and blameless,
unstained by sin. He has now been set apart from
sinners, and he has been given the highest place of
honor in heaven.
B. THERE IS HOPE
BECAUSE JESUS ALONE PLEASES GOD.
When Jesus pleads our
case before the Father, there are certain pleads He
He does not plead our righteousness.
He does not plead our labor.
He does not plead reputation.
He does not plead our innocence.
God is holy and only
that which is holy can stand before God.
Jesus is the only one
who has not sinned and therefore, He alone pleases
4:15-16 (NLT) This
High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for
he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he
did not sin.
So let us come boldly
to the throne of our gracious God. There we will
receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us
when we need it.
C. THERE IS HOPE
BECAUSE JESUS PROVIDED THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE.
9:19-28 (NLT) For
after Moses had given the people all of God's laws,
he took the blood of calves and goats, along with
water, and sprinkled both the book of God's laws and
all the people, using branches of hyssop bushes and
scarlet wool. Then he said, "This blood confirms the
covenant God has made with you."
And in the same way, he
sprinkled blood on the sacred tent and on everything
used for worship.
In fact, we can say
that according to the law of Moses, nearly
everything was purified by sprinkling with blood.
Without the shedding of blood, there is no
forgiveness of sins. That is why the earthly tent
and everything in it—which were copies of things in
heaven—had to be purified by the blood of animals.
But the real things in heaven had to be purified
with far better sacrifices than the blood of
For Christ has entered into heaven itself to appear
now before God as our Advocate. He did not go into
the earthly place of worship, for that was merely a
copy of the real Temple
Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and
again, like the earthly high priest who enters the
Most Holy Place
year after year to offer the blood of an animal.
If that had been
necessary, he would have had to die again and again,
ever since the world began. But no! He came once for
all time, at the end of the age, to remove the power
of sin forever by his sacrificial death for us.
And just as it is
destined that each person dies only once and after
that comes judgment, so also Christ died only once
as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people.
He will come again but not to deal with our sins
again. This time he will bring salvation to all
those who are eagerly waiting for him.
CONCLUSION: Do not
allow satan to defeat you through his lies about the
lack of hope when you fail.
Put your trust in the
Grace and Love of Jesus Christ and allow Him to
deliver you from satan’s grasp.
1:9 If we confess our
sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
AUGUST 8, 2010
YOU SEE IS NOT NECESSARILY WHAT YOU GET”
I SAMUEL 16:1-13
TEXT: Luke 6:37 (NLT)
Stop judging others,
and you will not be judged. Stop criticizing others,
or it will all come back on you. If you forgive
others, you will be forgiven.
One of the problems found in Christianity, is that
too many Christians think their spiritual life only
involves their relationship with God and does not
concerned their relationship with others.
Our relationship with
God is reflected by our relationship to others.
How we teat one another
reveals how deep and sincere our relationship with
13:35 By this shall all
men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love
one to another.
This is my commandment, that
ye love one another, as I have loved you.
If a man say, I love God, and
hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth
not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love
God whom he hath not seen?
And this commandment
have we from him, that he who loveth God love his
In our text Jesus gives
us three instructions on how we are to teat one
another; two negative and one positive.
I. WE ARE NOT TO JUDGE ONE
How often do we miss
judge people and things by their appearance?
People have often made
incorrect judgments about Christianity.
Some see it as a life that is empty.
Some see it as a fairy tail.
How often have we made
snap judgments only to regret them later?
come to church the same day, one in a nice three
piece suit and the other is work clothes.
Almost every one of us
has made these kinds of judgments.
has given us a prim example in the choosing a king
Saul was head and
shoulders above all the others.
He had a
son named Saul, a handsome, young man. No man in
was more handsome than Saul. He stood a head taller
than everyone else.
David on the other hand
was just a shepherd boy.
16:7 But the Lord said
unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the
height of his stature; because I have refused him:
for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh
on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on
We must be careful not
only in our judging of people but also in judging
the circumstances we find ourselves in.
When we view things
from the eyes of humanity we often have a distorted
Moses (In Egypt,
in the desert in the wilderness) Elijah hiding in
50:20 (NLT) As far as I
am concerned, God turned into good what you meant
for evil. He brought me to the high position I have
today so I could save the lives of many people.
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the
Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden
things of darkness, and will make manifest the
counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man
have praise of God.
II. STOP CRITICIZING OTHERS.
One of the things many
Christians are good at is criticizing others.
This is where church
splits come from.
This is a tendency past
down to us from the Children of Israel who were
always criticizing Moses and God for the
circumstance they found themselves in.
And criticized God and Moses.
They said, "Why did you make us leave Egypt—just
to let us die in the desert? There's no bread or
water, and we can't stand this awful food!"
We will most likely
have the spirit of criticism when we see thing
though the natural eye instead of the spiritual eye.
And when the servant of the
man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold,
an host compassed the city both with horses and
chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my
master! how shall we do?
And he answered, Fear
not: for they that be with us are more than they
that be with them.
And Elisha prayed, and
said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may
see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man;
and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of
horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
When we view things
from spiritual eyes our need of criticism will
III. WE ARE TO FORGIVE ONE
Forgiveness in the key
to a blessed life.
There are far too many
Christians who dwell in misery and failure because
of their refusal to forgive.
Un-forgiveness will rob
us of the peace and joy that God longs for us to
When we fail to
forgive, bitterness, resentment and even hatred take
up residence in our heart and life.
Forgiveness releases us
from the bondage of bitterness and resentment.
Instead, be kind to each
other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as
God through Christ has forgiven you.
Colossians 3:13 (NLT)
You must make allowance
for each other's faults and forgive the person who
offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you
must forgive others.
We must remember that
we did nothing to deserve God’s forgiveness.
God offered His
forgiveness before we repented.
CONCLUSION: How we
react towards others is how we will be reacted to.
(NLT) If you give, you
will receive. Your gift will return to you in full
measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room
for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use
in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure
what is given back to you."
AUGUST 15, 2010
FAITH IS NOT FAITH”
TEXT: Hebrews 11:1
What is faith? It is the confident assurance that
what we hope for is going to happen.
It is the evidence
of things we cannot yet see.
Just what is meant by
If you were to ask people in America;
do you believe there is a God?
Do you believe that
Jesus Christ is the Son of God?
Many people believe
that believing there is a God and believing that
Jesus is the Son of God construes faith.
They often use the
following Scriptures to validate their belief.
1:17 (NLT) This Good
News tells us how God makes us right in his sight.
This is accomplished from start to finish by faith.
As the Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a
righteous person has life."
Consequently, it is clear that no one can ever be
right with God by trying to keep the law. For the
Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a
righteous person has life."
There is a vast
difference between belief and faith.
A lot of people believe
but lack faith.
2:19 (NLT) Do you still
think it's enough just to believe that there is one
God? Well, even the demons believe this, and they
tremble in terror!
Belief does not require
commitment but faith does.
Glen Coffee of San Francisco
Faith that seeks to
stand alone is not faith but rather belief.
But wilt thou know, O vain
man, that faith without works is dead?
2:26 For as the body
without the spirit is dead, so faith without works
is dead also.
For faith to be faith
it must inspire action.
People will see our
faith for more by what we do than what we claim to
There are seven
attributes of Faith that make Faith Faith.
FAITH WILL PRODUCE OBEDIENCE.
Faith not only believes
the promises and judgments of God but seek to live
Because Noah had
faith, he built an ark.
11:7 (NLT) It was by
faith that Noah built an ark to save his family from
the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about
something that had never happened before. By his
faith he condemned the rest of the world and was
made right in God's sight.
Abraham’s faith was
shown by his obedience.
It was by faith that Abraham
obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to
another land that God would give him as his
inheritance. He went without knowing where he was
And even when he
reached the land God promised him, he lived there by
faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in a tent.
And so did Isaac and Jacob, to whom God gave the
It was by faith that
Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was
testing him. Abraham, who had received God's
promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son,
though God had promised
him, "Isaac is the son through whom your descendants
will be counted."
Abraham assumed that if
Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life
again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son
back from the dead.
Lack of faith will
Then all the people began
weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their
voices rose in a great chorus of complaint against
Moses and Aaron. "We wish we had died in
or even here in the wilderness!" they wailed. "Why
is the Lord taking us to this country only to have
us die in battle? Our wives and little ones will be
carried off as slaves! Let's get out of here and
return to Egypt!"
Then they plotted among
themselves, "Let's choose a leader and go back to
3:12 (NLT) Be careful
then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your
own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you
away from the living God.
Let us do our best to enter
that place of rest. For anyone who disobeys God, as
the people of
did, will fall.
FAITH WILL ENDURE TRIALS.
Faith will provide the
strength and courage to endure and go through the
trials of life, because we know that we can trust
God to be with us in spite of our circumstances.
Dear brothers and sisters,
whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an
opportunity for joy.
For when your faith is
tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let
it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed,
you will be strong in character and ready for
When a person of Faith
faces a trial they do not draw back but face it head
Their Faith tells them
that God will deliver them in His time, and that
they will be better for the trial.
23:10 (NLT) But he
knows where I am going. And when he has tested me
like gold in a fire, he will pronounce me innocent.
1:12 (NLT) God blesses
the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward
they will receive the crown of life that God has
promised to those who love him.
Peter 2:9 (NLT) So you
see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from
their trials, even while punishing the wicked right
up until the day of judgment.
FAITH WILL OVERCOME TEMPTATION.
Faith knows that
temptation is not sin but yielding to it is sin.
When tempted, no one should
say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted
by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
but each one is tempted
when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and
enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives
birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives
birth to death.
Faith recognizes that
man can not overcome sin in his own strength but God
is there to help him have victory over sin.
Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)
But remember that the
temptations that come into your life are no
different from what others experience. And God is
faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming
so strong that you can't stand up against it. When
you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that
you will not give in to it.
2:18 (NLT) Since he
himself has gone through suffering and temptation,
he is able to help us when we are being tempted.
CONCLUSION: We must
seek to replace our beliefs with faith.
AUGUST 22, 2010
FAITH IS NOT FAITH II”
TEXT: Hebrews 11:1
What is faith? It is the confident assurance that
what we hope for is going to happen.
It is the evidence
of things we cannot yet see.
Correcting a mistake.
That very night the believers
sent Paul and Silas to Berea.
When they arrived there, they went to the synagogue.
And the people of
were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica,
and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. They
searched the Scriptures day after day to check up on
Paul and Silas, to see if they were really teaching
A lot of people
believe with their head but lack heart experienced
Is there is a
difference between head belief and heart experienced
Head belief does not
require commitment but heart experienced faith does.
First three attributes
Endurances in trials
Victory over temptation
Four more attributes of
FAITH WILL NOT BE
DOUBLE MINDED (waver).
If you need wisdom—if you want
to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he
will gladly tell you. He will not resent your
But when you ask him,
be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a
doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea
that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like
that should not expect to receive anything from the
They can't make up
their minds. They waver back and forth in everything
When we face trials and
temptations we often do not know how or have the
strength to overcome them that is when Faith steps
Faith does three
Faith acknowledges its need
"Blessed are those who
recognize they are spiritually helpless. The kingdom
of heaven belongs to them.
Unless we acknowledge
our need for God’s intervention we will continue to
struggle in our own strength and fail.
6:12 (KJV) For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers
of the darkness of this world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places.
Two things keep us from asking God for help.
16:18 (GW) Pride
precedes a disaster, and an arrogant attitude
precedes a fall.
4:2 (GW) You want what
you don't have, so you commit murder. You're
determined to have things, but you can't get what
you want. You quarrel and fight. You don't have the
things you want, because you don't pray for them.
AUGUST 29, 2010
DOES NOT DEVELOP FAVORITISM”
TEXT: James 2:1 (NLT)
My dear brothers and
sisters, how can you claim that you have faith in
our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some
people more than others?
One of the most
difficult things for us to do, even as Christians,
is keep from developing favoritism.
There are several
different criteria we use to form our likes or
dislikes toward others.
HIS NAME IS BILL
His Name is Bill. He
has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it,
jeans and no shoes.
This was literally his
wardrobe for his entire four years of college.
He is brilliant, kind
of esoteric and very, very bright.
He became a Christian
while attending college.
Across the street from
the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative
They want to develop a
ministry to the students, but are not sure how to go
about it. One day Bill decides to go there.
He walks in with no
shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair.
The service has already
started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking
for a seat.
The church is
completely packed and he can't find a seat.
By now people are
looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says
Bill gets closer and
closer and closer to the pulpit and when he realizes
there are no seats, he just squats down right on the
carpet. (Although perfectly acceptable behavior at a
college fellowship, trust me, this had never
happened in this church before!)
By now the people are
really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.
About this time, the
minister realizes that from way at the back of the
church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward
Now the deacon is in
his eighties, had silver-gray hair, a three-piece
suit, and a pocket watch.
A godly man, very
elegant, very dignifies, very courtly.
He walks with a cane
and as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone
is saying to themselves, “You can't blame him for
what he's going to do.
How can you expect man
of his age and of his background to understand some
college kid on the floor?” It takes a long time for
the man to reach the boy.
The church is utterly
silent except for the clicking of the man's cane.
eyes are focused on him.
You can't even hear
anyone breathing. The people are thinking, the
minister can't even preach the sermon until the
deacon does what he has to do.
And now they see this
elderly man drop his cane on the floor.
With great difficulty
he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and
worships with him so he won't be alone.
Everyone chokes up with
When the minister gains
control he says, "What I'm about to preach, you will
What you have just
seen, you will never forget."
It is the story told by
Rebecca Manley Pippert in her book, "OUT
OF THE SALTSHAKER."
Wealth or lack there of
MOMMA AND THE WHITE
The first time I saw a white man, I was in church in
parish in the middle of August and it was very, very
hot. The preacher rambled on, his fire and brimstone
sermon seasoned with an occasional Hallelujah from
our sweaty congregation. I was daydreaming about the
Sunday feast that we would have after church. This
was a reward for sitting through 2 hours of
But that Sunday
everything changed for me. In the middle of his
Bible-thumping, fist clenched exuberance, the
reverend stopped. The silence caught me by surprise
and at first I thought maybe he knew I wasn't
listening. I looked at the pulpit; to see him
standing there with an expression of disgust,
staring at the back of the church as if the devil
himself had just entered...I turned to see.
There, leaning against
the front doors of our church, our pure-black church
was a drifter, a skinny, disheveled, white drifter.
This man, this invader of our sacred space, stood
before us in all his unholiness. His ragged clothes
seemed to hang on him and his face looked pasty and
sunken, like a man waiting for death. Worst of all,
he had entered our church barefoot, his blistered,
bloody feet staining our holy wood floor.
We were still. He
walked down the center aisle with slow, deliberate
steps. His legs looked fragile and weak and his
hunched back made him look as though he carried the
world on his shoulders.
"Pardon me, Reverend",
he said as he removed his hat and seated himself in
the front pew. The preacher looked around the
congregation and then at Mr. Jackson, our layman,
who barely acknowledged the man before turning away.
Looking down at the bloody floor, the reverend shook
his head. He glanced at the drifter for just a
second and with a roll of his eyes, picked up where
he had left off.
The man glanced at the
stained floor and bowed his head, ashamed. I was
confused by the preacher's reaction. I had never
really listened to the Sunday sermons, but bits and
pieces I had picked up had taught me that God wanted
us to be kind to others. And yet here, in the place
that this preacher called "God's house," I was
witness to a stranger in need being passed over.
Then, to my right,
Momma rose. Clutching her good Sunday kerchief, she
walked straight to the church's christening bowl.
The reverend stopped speaking. Taking the pitcher of
water that the reverend himself had been drinking
from during his sermon, she stepped down to the
front pew. "Be not ashamed, my brother," said Momma,
kneeling in front of the man. I leaned forward and
watched as she filled the christening bowl with the
water, and then, dunking her kerchief, she bathed
the man's feet. I could see the man's face as he
began to cry.
Engrossed in the
miracle that I had just witnessed, I had forgotten
about dinner by the time Momma returned to her seat.
I had seen Momma through different eyes that day.
Like Rosa Parks walking to the front of the bus,
Momma had challenged the racism that surrounded her.
Like Susan B. Anthony, taking charge when it was
necessary, Momma had showed me the strength of a
woman's actions. And, like the Good Samaritan
helping a stranger in need, Momma had gone to the
aid of another in need of kindness.
That hot Alabama
Sunday, Momma showed me not only who she was, but
who I was. In one day, she set a lifelong example,
paving a road for her only daughter to walk down
proudly. As an African American, as a woman, as a
This mother taught a
lesson by example that could not be taught any other
way. Isn't that the way God expects us to teach
others. Yes, we use words, but we add conviction and
power to the lessons with the way we live our lives.
Stories of Encouragement
I. SHOWING FAVORITISM REVEALS THREE THINGS
A judgmental spirit
will reject those whom we consider not good enough
or is unworthy of God’s grace.
One of the Pharisees asked
Jesus to come to his home for a meal, so Jesus
accepted the invitation and sat down to eat.
A certain immoral woman
heard he was there and brought a beautiful jar
filled with expensive perfume.
Then she knelt behind
him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his
feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she
kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.
When the Pharisee who
was the host saw what was happening and who the
woman was, he said to himself, "This proves that
Jesus is no prophet. If God had really sent him, he
would know what kind of woman is touching him. She's
Then Jesus spoke up and
answered his thoughts. "Simon," he said to the
Pharisee, "I have something to say to you."
"All right, Teacher,"
Simon replied, "go ahead."
Then Jesus told him
this story: "A man loaned money to two people—five
hundred pieces of silver to one and fifty pieces to
But neither of them
could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both,
canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him
more after that?"
Simon answered, "I
suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger
"That's right," Jesus
Then he turned to the
woman and said to Simon, "Look at this woman
kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn't
offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but
she has washed them with her tears and wiped them
with her hair.
You didn't give me a
kiss of greeting, but she has kissed my feet again
and again from the time I first came in.
You neglected the
courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has
anointed my feet with rare perfume.
I tell you, her
sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she
has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven
little shows only little love."
Then Jesus said to the
woman, "Your sins are forgiven."
The men at the table
said among themselves, "Who does this man think he
is, going around forgiving sins?"
And Jesus said to the
woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
A spirit of pride says
that we are better than others and that God blesses
us because of our goodness.
Then Jesus told this story to
some who had great self-confidence and scorned
everyone else: "Two men went to the
to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a
dishonest tax collector. The proud Pharisee stood by
himself and prayed this prayer: 'I thank you, God,
that I am not a sinner like everyone else,
especially like that tax collector over there! For I
never cheat, I don't sin, I don't commit adultery,
I fast twice a week,
and I give you a tenth of my income.'
"But the tax
collector stood at a distance and dared not even
lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he
beat his chest in sorrow, saying, 'O God, be
merciful to me, for I am a sinner.'
I tell you, this
sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified
before God. For the proud will be humbled, but the
humble will be honored."
When we show favoritism
for one and prejudice against another it reveals a
lack of love on our part.
Beloved, let us love one
another: for love is of God; and every one that
loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love.
If a man say, I love God, and
his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not
his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God
whom he hath not seen?
And this commandment
have we from him, That he who loveth God love his
The word hateth is the Greek word
from a primary misos
extension to love less
:- hate (-ful).
By this shall all men know
that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to
GOD DOES NOT SHOW FAVORITISM.
My dear brothers and sisters,
how can you claim that you have faith in our
glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people
more than others?
Our faith in God will
give us a desire to be like God.
For there is no respect of
persons with God.
And if ye call on the Father,
who without respect of persons judgeth according to
every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning
here in fear:
In the sight of God we
are all the same.
Colossians 3:11 (NLT)
In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew
or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised,
barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all
that matters, and he lives in all of us.
3:28 (NLT) There is no
longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or
female. For you are all Christians—you are one in
It breaks the heart of
God when His children allow their differences to
divide them from one another.
Behold, how good and how
pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in
unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the
head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's
beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended
upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord
commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
That there should be no schism
in the body; but that the members should have the
same care one for another.
And whether one member
suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one
member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Till we all come in the unity
of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of
God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the
stature of the fulness of Christ:
May we allow the Love of Jesus
Christ so fill our hearts that there will be no room