True Wisdom – James 3:13-18
21. True Wisdom is impartial.
Romans 2:1-11; James 2:1-13
He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. (Romans 2:6-11)
For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:10-12)
Study it Out
- Why are we as humans tempted to act with partiality toward others? What is lacking in our understanding, belief, or perception when we act in an impartial way to someone? (Consider God’s perfect knowledge of minds, hearts, and motivations versus our imperfect knowledge.)
- How does the Gospel shatter any excuse we might feel we have to treat others with bias or partiality? How do both God’s impartial justice and mercy bring great comfort and conviction?