Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Favouritism and Mercy

Isobel Lin did a great talk at Equip on Favouritism and Mercy from James 2:1-13 It is something (if we are honest, that we ALL do) 'but favouritism and faith are immiscible' (they can't be mixed). James 2:1 says "My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favouritism", not 'maybe sometimes you can' or 'if this person behaves like this etc etc I can'. It says "DON'T SHOW FAVOURITISM". Isobel Lin said 'it can't be part of the Christian life, she even suggested if you have faith you shouldn't show favouritism and if you show favouritism maybe you don't have faith'
Our Lord and God Jesus Christ does not show favouritism at all he goes much further, he shows undeserved Mercy. And this is what we are also called to do, if we are to be more like Christ then we are to also show mercy to our Christian brothers and sisters but it doesn't end there, we are to show mercy to EVERYONE at ALL times. If we are not doing this then Isobel suggests we are breaking the law to "love our neighbours as ourselves". It is not our place to judge it is God's place and his judgement is just and fair, infact it goes beyond what is fair, he shows mercy.

Here are some of the things that were suggested, I am convicted by these and am going to try to be proactive in this, might I suggest you also think about these ideas too.

1. Be deliberate and intentional - Plan to show mercy, look for opportunities to show mercy and DO IT.
2. Count the Cost - Meet your neighbours needs, this might mean putting your needs second.
3. Don't let feelings lead - Let mercy lead.

A great motivator for the above is to know that God showed his mercy by sending his one and only son to die for us - it was undeserved and very merciful, lets encourage one another to be more like Jesus and show mercy.

18 Comments:

Blogger Ruth said...

Thanks for the summary - this is something I am really struggling with at the moment.

Tue May 30, 06:16:00 PM  
Blogger CraigS said...

Great post - and well done for figuring out hyperlinks!

Wed May 31, 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

why thanks...

Wed May 31, 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

You rock Nicki

DB just said:"I saw Dory...how'd Dory get there? I do think Dory do something, say aaaaaah, bubble bubble bubble to get there" !!!!

Wed May 31, 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

how very cute db is, they are all very cute. SP and I want to watch the boys for you one night so you and AB can go out. But we also want you over for dinner too. Maybe we can plan it tomorrow.

Wed May 31, 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Sounds good to me. We need a night out together...and we would also love to have dinner with you guys.

I've been really thinking about this favouritism and mercy thing today. Thanks for your clear summary of Isobel's talk.

(DB is cute - please pray for him - I'll tell you about it tomorrow)

Wed May 31, 02:40:00 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

This is really interesting in the light of Craig's post on Romans9 today, don't you think. God shows justice and mercy...not favouritism - and mercy not based on anything we have done (thankfully).

We are not to show favouritism - but love and mercy to others...like God.....I can see a pattern emerging here!

Wed May 31, 08:46:00 PM  
Blogger Nixter said...

Yep with God is there is no injustice.. Only justice and mercy. I love Rom 9.. Looking forward to reading more :)

Thu Jun 01, 09:16:00 AM  
Blogger it'sjustme said...

That was a really really good summary of the talk. I found it hugely challenging, especially as I am in a new church/town. It is very easy to be feelings driven when you are feeling out of place and a bit lonely. I was really challenged to be mercy driven.

Ruth told me to come post here - I am a friend of hers from college.

Thu Jun 01, 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

Thanks justme, great to have you post. Glad you found teh summary helpful :)

Thu Jun 01, 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Hey Erin (justme), meet Nicki (nixter) and vice versa. You are both fantastic - so sure to like each other!

Thu Jun 01, 02:24:00 PM  
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