Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Favoritism (James 2)

Read James 2:1-13. Use this passage as your guide while answering the following questions:
  • Based on what you read in 2:1-4, how would you define favoritism?
  • Besides rich people, what are some other types of people toward whom favoritism might be shown?
  • Why would people show favoritism toward these people?
  • Can you think of times in your life when you've shown this type of favoritism?
  • What things can you do to avoid showing unjust favoritism?
  • According to 2:5, what are the benefits of being poor? What do you think these things mean?
  • Compare this passage to Matthew 5:3. How are they similar?
  • Does this mean we should favor the poor and dishonor the rich? Why or why not?
  • According to 2:9, how does God feel about favoritism?
  • What does it mean to "show mercy."
  • What can you do today to show mercy instead of judgment?

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