Today in Sunday school we learned to be more welcoming to people at church and less judgemental. This is a major issue I have, and I think it’s out of fear of how people I don’t know might think of me, so I just simply don’t do it. Last week, one person got baptized and another came forward and wanted to join the church. I sat in the pew waiting for the line to die down to shake the hands of those that just joined, but stupid me never got in line to shake their hands. I felt fearful. After today’s sunday school lesson, God laid it on my heart. I felt I need to try and be more friendlier with those I do not know. So when a family of 4 presented thereselves to join today, and another baptism was done – I got in line to shake there hands and welcome them. There was no feelings of fear whatsoever. God has uplifted that fear from me.
Read James 2:1-13. It is some great words to live by – that can help you anywhere. Not just for meeting people at church, but anywhere you go. Be more welcoming to people and less judgemental.
“My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, ‘You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor” – well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgements are guided by evil motives? Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the kingdom he promised to those who love him? But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? Arent they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear? Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures. ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. For the same God who said, ‘You must not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘You must not murder.’ So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law. So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free. There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.”