Prayer: Holy Spirit, teach us through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
All God’s children
11 For God shows no partiality.
“You were always Mom’s favorite!” said the Smothers Brothers. There is always sibling rivalry. There always seems to be a “teacher’s pet.” Bosses often seem to play favorites. Yet common sense says that leaders, teachers, and bosses should not play favorites. But we know it is hard not to have favorites…people we like…employees who perform at higher level than others…attitudes that amaze and inspire us.
Bosses, teachers, parents and leaders are human. We often have favorite people. The hard part is for us to treat all the same. It is good to know that “God shows no partiality.” I think we can agree on that! I trust God as my judge a lot more than I do anyone I have known.
Our devotion writer explains; “All people are God’s children, and the Creator loves each one. All means all. God love you; God loves me; God loves the person on the other side of the world who worships God by another name. ‘God shows no partiality.’”
Prayer: “God of all, unite your children and help us to live together in peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Righteous Judgment of God
2 Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. 2 You say, “We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.” 3 Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 For he will repay according to each one’s deeds: 7 to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 while for those who are self-seeking and who obey not the truth but wickedness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be anguish and distress for everyone who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.