James 2

Why would you give the rich any special treatment, especially since they are the ones who often persecute believers? Showing prejudice of any kind is sin, and sin is offensive to God and affects our relationship with Him. But thankfully any judgment we experience is temporal instead of eternal because of the liberty we have in Christ (in fact, in Galatians 6:2 we see that we now serve the “law of Christ” rather than the law of Moses). However, we are still called to do what is right and to show mercy to others. In fact, we need to if we expect God to have mercy on us! And living for God and doing good works is a hallmark of those who have true faith. In fact, works show the reality of faith, as we see illustrated in the lives of Abraham and Rahab. Works are a natural outgrowth of faith:

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his creative work, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.”

Faith works!

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