James 2:2-4

These three verses needed all of them to study it in full so I posted all at once…

2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?  NIV

2 For instance, suppose someone comes into your meeting F6 dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in shabby clothes. 3 If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor” – well, 4 doesn’t this discrimination show that you are guided by wrong motives?  NLT

2 If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, 3 and you say to the man in the suit, “Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!” and either ignore the street person or say, “Better sit here in the back row,” 4 haven’t you segregated God’s children and proved that you are judges who can’t be trusted? The Message

 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” 4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?  NKJV

6 responses to “James 2:2-4

  1. i think that this verse is trying to say is that we need to treat other people the way we want to be treated. Also that we need to watch who we judge, what we say and what we do to people.

  2. to god there is no difference and there shouldnt be to us either
    we should treat otherz the way we want to be treated and treat everyone the same!
    rich, poor
    money doesnt matter… u can buy ur way into heaven so dont judge people from how much money they have or ho little they have
    peace and luv
    :] ♥ :] ♥

  3. The Bible says we should be like Christ not judgemental. Christ treated everyone equally no matter how much money they made or what family they were born in, that didn’t matter to Him at all. I think we all could learn from this verse.

  4. Gotta say…Im proud to see LaLa, Gina and Ally…WHOOP and welcome and thanks for posting…

    Do we do this in our youth ministry…Do we sit with our regular friends and then there are some times when there are visitors and sometimes we invite them to youth or to sit with us…So are we as a ministry guilty of this scripture…Guilty of going after those that are like ourselves and then ignoring those that are not like us…Do we stay within our own clique..>Do we pass judgement on those that are less like us…???just some thoughts/questions I would throw out there.

    Peace love and Blogging

  5. I agree with Ron that these verses are best studied together. The thoughts that the Spirit gave to me were from the very last phrase of the last verse.

    Several of the translations are just off and I want to make sure that we have the right mindset. James is using the illustration of a judicial setting or hearing with jurors. If you were a juror and saw two men come in and one was rich and well dressed and the other was a homeless man. Would you already make up your mind about the case before hearing the facts? If so, you become a judge who uses evil thoughts, or bad logic to reach your verdict. This is what the verse is describing.

    As a Christian, if you don’t look at situations through the love of Christ, you are applying the wrong standards and you are going to reach the wrong conclusions. We should see and treat people how Christ sees them and not how they appeal to our worldly views.

    Like Ron said yesterday, if all of us grasped this concept then there wouldn’t be cliques in the youth and we would never have a visitor leave feeling unwanted.

  6. We need to try to see people the way Christ sees them. To Jesus every person is as capable of a relationship with Him as anyone else–it has nothing to do with their outward appearance or their economic situation. We need to try to remember that we were created for fellowship with God–that is the WHOLE reason He formed us–so that is what He is interested in, and as we grow to be more like Him, we should love the things He loves.

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