In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I mentioned that I was going to worship. And, I did!
With our time falling back one (1) hour, most people would think that we'd have more sleep. I'm sure some people did. I didn't.
Instead, I was up half the night, unable to sleep.
When I finally drifted off, I slept like a log. Until my phone rang. Then, I was awake for the day.
Up I got. Did what I needed to do, and headed off to worship with my loving church family.
I hadn't said anything to anyone in advance, but I had been asked to do the scripture reading for yesterday's worship service. And, I did.
I read James 2:1-13, "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 footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment."
While I usually post the King James Version (KJV) of scripture here on LwL, we at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church (WEBC) use mainly the New King James Version (NKJV). And, that is the version I read.
As you can tell, our pastor preached about partiality, and the fact that we need to treat others equally, and not better or worse, depending upon their financial status or otherwise. And, about how when we fall short and sin in any one area of life, we have transgressed.
That is one thing I truly make every effort to not do. Treat people differently, depending upon their lifestyle status. Or, their walk with the Lord.
After all, we are not all on the same level of maturity, regarding God and His Word.
Infant Christians, who may have just recently come to Christ, and who have not yet been able to read and/or study the Bible, may not yet have the same Biblical understanding as someone who has done so for many years.
There's more to be said about this, but it will have to wait for another day.
Being the first SONday of the month, it was Communion Sunday! As you probably are aware, this means so very much to me.
Honouring our Lord, in every way, is the most important part of my life.
Hopefully, it is for you, also. If not, or if you have not yet come to Christ and gained salvation, I would suggest that you begin reading the New Testament portion of the Bible.
Here you will find out that God loved you so very much that He sent His only begotten Son, to die on a wooden cross for the sin of the world, for all who will believe upon Him. And, you'll see just exactly what God expects of you.
Until next time...
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