(KJV.) JAMES 2:1-4
(1) My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
(2) For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
(3) And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my foostool:
(4) Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
THE EYE SERVICE
Brethren, in this world, many times, we miss out on the blessings of Jesus Christ, simply because we are unable to discern his miraclous ways; inferentially, angels of heaven, can appear as humans on earth, to manifest the blessings of the LORD, deliver souls from devasting situations; for example, Father Abraham encoutered with the LORD in the plains of Mamre, while he sat at in the tent door, in the heat of the day; after Abraham entertained the angels, he received the promise for the birth of Isaac; cf. Genesis 18; if, he did not invite the angels into his tent, generously catered for them on that faithful afternoon; let us ask ourselves, what would have happened to his blessings, that we are partakers of today? this is a point to ponder on!
Therefore, no one knows for sure, ways in which Jesus Christ will manifest his promises in our lives; with that mindsets; let us endeavor to accept people from diverse backgrounds, regardless of who they are on earth, when we come across strangers from all walks of life, first of all, let us view them as souls; secondly, receive them as brothers and sisters from the same Father, thirdly, love them as ourselves; fourthly, give them the benefit of doubts, to understand the reasons why people behave themselves in certain mannerisms, than what the world categorizes as norms; have mercy on them, as Jesus is merciful to all souls, not only that, but accept them for who they are in this world, leave the judgments up to Jesus Christ, there is an appointed day for judging all souls; let us be careful of our utterances against one another. cf. Matthew 12:36.
There is a proverb that says, not to judge a book by its cover, but read its contents first; therefore, let us not judge by appearances, judge one another with wrong judgements, but judge righteously, get closer to people, know them for who they are first before we form ideas, opinions about them: case in point, when Jesus came on earth, his own received him not, or accept him as the expected Messiah, to believe in him as the son of our Father; therefore, they persecuted him throughout his ministry, and eventually crucified him, after his death, before the eyes of their understandings were enlightended to the truth, that he is, the son of our Father, they proclaimed his glory before men; cf. Matthew 27:54; therefore, let us not close our minds and hearts on people of this world, cast them away, but rather, clear our consceinces of insinauted negative thoughts against them, embrace and love one another as ourselves.
Today, Apostle James is saying to humanity, refrain from doing eyeservice, to pick and choose who to embrace, associate with in this world, also, never judge people with preconcieve ideas, think evil thoughts against them; but rather, treat one another with love, kindness, seek peace and pursue it: give thanks; for this is the will of our Father through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen and Amen!.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgement.