We all have a tendency to show favoritism, don’t we? We have a tendency to treat some people better than we treat others. I am grateful that God is not like us.
The issue of favoritism shows up in the Bible often. In James 2, he connects favoritism to lack of faith. Yikes! According to James, when we show favoritism, we are not demonstrating the character and the nature of God.
Let’s read James 2:1-13.
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 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. If you show special [...]
In Ephesians 2:8 Paul says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” But Jesus says in Luke 14:27, “And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” So what’s up? Is grace free or is there a fee? To clear this up, Fred Gladney gives us answers to four questions about grace.