Mercy before Favouritism

We humans, have an inherent tendency to discriminate; it is not always done with any malice in mind – in fact, it is that we have been raised with differing views or opinions on and about people, by our parents and their parents and others in our family or social circle; and so it can blur our judgements too, until we are old enough to know better.  One would think, that we ourselves were perfect in every way. What, I wonder,  makes us think we are better than the next person, whether that individual be of questionable appearance; poor achievements; devious ancestry; young – old – in or between; rich or poor!

You may ‘live on the wrong side of the tracks’; according to some – but that does not make them better than you, or you worse than them.

The Bible (God’s breathed Word) has a great deal to say about how we need to treat one another. I thank God constantly for His guidance in His Word, because oft times my sentiments can be very different from His – and so, thankfully, He leads me back onto good old solid ground with His advice.  What a wonderful world it would be, if we all followed the same teaching and treated others as we prefer to be treated.

Here’s some points to consider:

James 2:1  My friends, if you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, you won’t treat some people better than others.  (CEV)  (don’t show favouritism)

Romans 15:7 Honour God by accepting each other, as Christ has accepted you. (CEV) or Philippians 2:3 Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves.  (CEV)

(accept everybody – this does not mean we approve of all that they do – but we need to consider others better than ourselves, because we cannot know what a persons heart or abilities are like, any more than they can know ours).

So, it is important to ‘not get hung up on unimportant stuff!  You know – favouritism – envy – judging

; in so doing we can unwittingly be cruel or insensitive, to someone who might onlly need a smile, or a quick ‘hello’ to make their day brighter or to make them feel worthwhile!

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