Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Law: those that least of all deserve it

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
    My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
    —James 2:1-4 (NIV)
    The merit of persons is to be no rule of our charity; but we are to do acts of kindness to those that least of all deserve it.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 116 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 2:1-4; Matt. 5:3; 25:40; Luke 14:8-11; 1 John 3:17-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, as has been done to me, the least, shall I do to others.
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