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Through the Eyes of God

James 2

April 17, 2018

As we discussed this chapter in youth service, many great points were brought out.


- How often have I despised the poor?
- Being a respecter of persons is an actual sin!
- ​If I keep the whole law, yet stumble in one point, I'm guilty of all.
- It's interesting how James used similar stories (about the poor and needy) in the beginning and ending of this chapter. 


Lord, help us take time and see ANY person in the way that you see them.  Help us give understanding to a person and realize what they are going through.  God, you didn't shun us because of our class, upbringing, culture or wealth.  God, you saw us and had faith in us.  Faith that we were worth saving.  God, you saw our spiritual poverty and reached out to us in faith and showed it by works.  Not only on the day that you laid you life down for us but on each and every day that you hear our cry and bring joy in our hearts. 


James 2:1-26 (KJV) 

The true Christian does not show partiality to the rich

1 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. 

Faith without works


14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. 


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Comments 5

Christine K
Christine K on Friday, 20 April 2018 08:40

Great job Shawn! This is another chapter that is so full of ways to live a holy Christian life.

Great job Shawn! This is another chapter that is so full of ways to live a holy Christian life.
Janette Tomlinson
Janette Tomlinson on Saturday, 21 April 2018 07:17

Great job Shawn. This chapter reminds me of an incident that happen to me concerning the poor.

After Bro Thomas preached a sermon about the poor and how their praise is as important to God as ours, Hal and I started keeping money in the car to hand out to anyone who was sitting on a corner. The enemy sees all and will tray and distort any good deed as we all know. I was in Durango a while back and this young man approached me for money. I gave him a couple of bucks and went on my way... a lady saw this and came up to me frerious with me for supporting the the homeless population. I told her he many or may not be needy or homeless, only God knows what his needs are and his situation. If this young man needs help, I helped. If I say "no....get away from me" and walk on, thats on me and God sees it. I walked away from that confrontation trembling and almost in tears. Sometime its hard to do the right thing but we must try and see things "Through the eyes of God".

Great job Shawn. This chapter reminds me of an incident that happen to me concerning the poor. After Bro Thomas preached a sermon about the poor and how their praise is as important to God as ours, Hal and I started keeping money in the car to hand out to anyone who was sitting on a corner. The enemy sees all and will tray and distort any good deed as we all know. I was in Durango a while back and this young man approached me for money. I gave him a couple of bucks and went on my way... a lady saw this and came up to me frerious with me for supporting the the homeless population. I told her he many or may not be needy or homeless, only God knows what his needs are and his situation. If this young man needs help, I helped. If I say "no....get away from me" and walk on, thats on me and God sees it. I walked away from that confrontation trembling and almost in tears. Sometime its hard to do the right thing but we must try and see things "Through the eyes of God".
Rev. David Corbitt
Rev. David Corbitt on Sunday, 22 April 2018 08:21

Amen Sis. Janette. It is never wrong to do the right thing!

Amen Sis. Janette. It is never wrong to do the right thing! :D
Hal Tomlinson
Hal Tomlinson on Sunday, 22 April 2018 09:56

It is not easy at all to see things God’s way. We desperately need help realizing how things REALLY are. there is only one opinion that counts.......the Lord’s. He does the CHOOSING and HE does the USING.

It is not easy at all to see things God’s way. We desperately need help realizing how things REALLY are. there is only one opinion that counts.......the Lord’s. He does the CHOOSING and HE does the USING.
Jennifer Luttman
Jennifer Luttman on Monday, 23 April 2018 14:23

Shawn!! Love this. Really touched my heart!

Shawn!! Love this. Really touched my heart!
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