James poses and interesting question for us. "Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 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,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?" (James 2:2-4)
We are so easily sidetracked and derailed from the call God has on our lives when we treat other followers of Christ with contempt. Have you ever heard people being berated because their church service differs from how we "do" church?
Paul puts it like this. "The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them."
Jesus hanging on the cross treated those who were acting despicably towards Him, with kindness when He prayed: " Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
Let's go and love our enemies until we no longer have any enemies, only neighbours.
Mike and Daphne