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James

Jun 21, 2020 | Randy Gunter

Living Free From Bias: Part 2

Living with Freedom from Bias, Part 2

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 ESV)

1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

Reminder: God shows no partiality (Romans 2:11 ESV).

Jesus lived gloriously and perfectly righteous among all people.

  • He showed no discrimination. He broke down racial barriers. (Galatians 3:27-28)
  • He saw every person as fearfully and wonderfully made in his image.
  • He understood the uniqueness in which he made every person, a uniqueness that intends to bring him glory.
  • Jesus seeks relationships with all people. (1 Timothy 2:1-6)

Jesus saves us from judgment and bondage to sin, including racism, discrimination, and partiality, and he demands that we live authentic, faithful lives. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 12-13 ESV)

We should be mindful that everything in this world is passing away.

  • Every position in the world will be demoted.
  • Every kingdom will crumble.
  • Every dominance will be humbled.
  • Everything and every person will be subject to Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

We should live our lives according to the Lord’s eternal kingdom and word, making his message our mantra and mission. Don’t be distracted or drawn into the arguments of this world.

According to God (Micah 6:8):

  • We must do justice (do what is right).
  • We must love loving-kindness (mercy).
  • We must walk humbly with God.

Fulfilling the royal law of God by loving well is good.

1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

To understand the royal law, we need to recount the Ten Commandments.

The greatest of the law is to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus said that there is no other commandment greater than these (Mark 12:29-31).

According to Jesus, if you want to fulfill the law of God, you must love God and love your neighbor perfectly. Of course, none of us are capable of doing that well, much less perfectly. Our sin reveals our need for God’s mercy and redemption in Jesus Christ. Through Christ’s sacrifice and the newness of life given to us, we can love God and neighbors as we ought, thus fulfilling the law of God.

God takes the sin of partiality more seriously than most people.

9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.

Racism, discrimination, and showing partiality are all sins that break the law of God to love your neighbor as yourself.

When we stand before the Eternal King, will today’s contentious debates matter? Loving God and loving people is what will matter on the day of eternity.

Partiality is an unmerciful spirit that reveals weightier eternal soul issues.

12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:12-14 ESV)

In Christ, we have been set free from our sins. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live in that freedom. God’s freedom given to us produces love—a love for God and all people. For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13 ESV)

Royal love is the prominent motive for living without racism and bias.

Will God’s word triumph over the culture? At MeadowBrook? Your house? Our community?

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