Love Shows No Respect of Persons
- Date: April 30, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “ If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” (James 2:8-9)
- From No Greater Love
Let's look over at James for just a second, a couple of more Scripture verses to set the foundation for us. James' reference to the teaching of the Lord in the sermon on the mount in James Chapter 2. He says starting in verse 8, "If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well. But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors." If you keep the royal Law, you do well. Love your neighbor as yourself. But if you have respect of persons, you're going to stand under the judgment of the Law of God. How many of us are guilty of respect of persons? We would all have to say, "Well, I don't really feel like I'm that way." Do you apply different methods and levels of judgment upon the obscure in your relationships than you do to the beloved, the preeminent in your lives? Do you think it's respect of persons when it's a family member, or is it just respect of persons when we're judging between two strangers?
We need to learn to love one another equally and unconditionally in the body of Christ. I would say that probably none of us in here do that exclusively-and very few of us, probably, consistently-and yet, Jesus said love your neighbor as you love yourself and have no respect of persons. Man, this is hard on us-again, as Adam's kids! How can we come to this place where I can love everybody as Jesus loves them? Well, the answer's what we've been talking about for the last couple of years, isn't it? You've got to visit the cross. You need to die to your own-first of all-your own prejudices. And where do your prejudices come from? Our superior opinions. Prejudices come by thinking that your opinion is superior, that your judgments are supreme.
So, before we can love one another effectively as we've been sharing, there needs to be this death to self. There needs to be this humbling of self. We need to be-as we talked about this spirit of the debtor-the unprofitable servant. All this that we've been talking about for years, but it stops being doctrine when it comes down to our every-day living with one another. So, as the Lord's admonishing us in these things, I think we have to continually remind ourselves: "While I was a sinner He loved me. I stand in awe of the love of God, I mean-how is it that He would see fit to adopt me as His son? And it doesn't make me a second-rate son, because I will be raised up and seated with Jesus in the heavenly places." I'm a partaker as a heir and a joint-heir with Christ. Do we look around this room and see everybody in that place in Jesus? Do we put the same value on one another that God put on them-that He died for them? And I think if we're going to talk truthfully and practically, we might be lacking there, would you say? I wonder how we can devalue someone that it cost the blood of Jesus to redeem. And yet we esteem them lightly, of little value? I want to tell you, that person that you esteem of little value here in this fellowship bankrupted heaven when Jesus was made sin with their sin that they might be made righteous with His righteousness. Just wanting to encourage us to change our perspective a little bit on how we see one another. Grave consequences, beloved.