The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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10/19/2012

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"My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism" (Jas.2:1).

Its okay to have a favorite food, beverage, team, or TV show. It is a matter of our own personal tastes in these areas. When it comes to favoritism within the brotherhood, however, the Bible is very clear. The first nine verses of the second chapter of James speaks clearly about this. They would be good verses to read and meditate upon today. As simply put as possible, we are just not to show partiality or favoritism within the fellowship. One of the biggest obstacles for the first century church to overcome was the Jew/Gentile thing. Jewish people were very proud of their heritage and the thought of doing anything more intimate than coexisting with Gentiles was abhorrent. It took much work on the part of the apostles to break down this barrier as Christianity was in its early stages. Lets face it, at the end of the day, a Jew is still a Jew, and a Gentile is still a Gentile. A tall person is still tall, a black person is still black, a Spanish person is still Spanish, and a rich person is still rich. All of those differences, however, melt away as obstacles within a loving fellowship of believers. Whatever our differences, we are all to become Christ-like as believing Christians. "Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all" (Col.3:11). In the next three verses, (12-14) Paul gives us a wonderful list of virtues. He concludes them by saying; "And over all these put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity" (V 14). If we take on these virtues, the following will happen: We will be compassionate rather than uncaring..... kind rather than cruel.... humble instead of prideful.... gentle rather than mean.... patient instead of intolerant.... forgiving rather than judgmental.... loving instead of bigoted..... Jesus modeled unity for us. He does not ask it of us, but demands it.... How wonderful it is to be a part of an accepting fellowship.....

Have a fabulous day.... Lets model Christian behavior all day.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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