To be partial is to be respective of one group or individual over another. It’s to favor someone because of their intellectual or economic status over someone that may not be as smart or wealthy. I never would have thought this area would be my hang up because I love people. While at a family Christmas dinner, I sat there mingling and talking about surface things with those in the room. Not really going in-depth with anyone because I felt they weren’t “there” yet. However, as soon as my favorite person walked in the door, my heart did a somersault and I went and sat next to her and began talking about deeper things. While enjoying our conversation and feeling connected to someone that’s on the same level (that feels shameful to even write it), I looked over at others and noticed they had this blank, and slightly hurt, look on their faces. I had to pause for a moment and ask myself, “What are you doing?” I was showing partiality. I was favoring one person over the others because I liked the other person more. The purpose of going to the party was to let my shine and to strengthen relationships, and I was hindering that from happening. Partiality hurts people. I wasn’t the most popular girl in grade school, but I found that I wanted to feel accepted by my peers. When I gave my life to Jesus, I discovered with God I am the majority and it doesn’t matter who accepts me. I am accepted by Him. While this confidence is good, one thing I have to stand guard against in my own life is being careful not to favor those who are in Christ over those who aren’t. Christianity is not a club. It’s not a click. It’s a mission to get as many people to encounter and experience the love of God as possible: yes, the rebellious, the dirty, the impoverished, the perverted, the broken, the lost…all while understanding that it wasn’t that long ago that I we were struggling with the same thing but God helped us. He can help them too. When we find ourselves turning inward rather than turning outward towards others, we find ourselves in hot water with God. God is love and He wants us to show love and acceptance to everyone, not just those who look, sound, or act the way we do.
“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” James 3:17 (NLT)
I repent for showing partiality. It hurts others and it hurts you. My mission is supposed to be to share your love with everyone, not just my favorite ones. This can hurt relationships and hinder ministry big time. Thank you for helping me to see this in my heart and now I receive your strength and grace to deal with it. I’m not better than anyone. I could easily be in the same situations had it not been for Your grace and mercy. I thank You for reminding me of this and I love You. In Jesus name, Amen.
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