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Being Like-Minded

Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, Romans 15:5 (NKJV)

In the 12th chapter of the Book of Romans we are exhorted to be of the same mind toward one another (Rom. 12:16), or as it is stated a few chapters later; we are “To be like-minded toward one another” (Rom. 15:5). 

To, “be of the same mind toward one another,” simply means we are not to be partial to one person over another.  To be partial towards another person simply means to be:

·      Unfair

·      Biased

·      Prejudiced

·      One-sided

Jesus gave us the best possible example of non-partiality when He came and died for the sins of humans from every race and culture—not willing that “any” should perish, but “all” should come to repentance.  There is no partiality in God’s love, mercy and grace.  This does not mean that everyone will be saved—it means He shows no partiality in who it is offered to here—we are the ones who independently choose to accept or deny His offer.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

Many of us don’t think we show favoritism, but I would bet we probably do more than we would actually think.  Truth is, God knew we would be tempted to sin in this manner, and therefore He inspired (2 Tim. 3:16-17) James to speak strongly on this issue.    

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. James 2:1-4, 9 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today—Let’s choose to take any thoughts of partiality captive, and allow God to love others in a like-minded way.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about being partial according to the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself to be partial in certain situations?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s ask God to allow us to see His will when we find ourselves tempted to show partiality.

LET’S PRAY:  Father, thank You for Your word and the knowledge we have been given by reading, studying, and meditating upon it.  We are sorry for the times we have knowingly shown partiality, and we ask for forgiveness for this.  Help us to trust in Your leading and sovereignty in each situation.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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