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Be Of The Same Mind Toward One Another

Be of The Same Mind Toward One Another
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 18

I would like to say, "Happy Thanksgiving to everyone today!"  Tell the Lord what you are thankful for today while spending time with family and friends.  Lord, we love You, and we give thanks for all of our provision that You have lovingly given us.  We Thank You for Your love, mercy, grace, guidance, wisdom, discernment, and leading in our lives.  Thank You Jesus for dying for our sins.  We love You.

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)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.   

Today we will be looking at the 5th of our "Duties to All People" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to "All People," including every Christian believer, or non-believer that we come in contact with.  And that 5th duty is also our 18th way to honor God.

18.    "Be of the same mind toward one another." (Rom 12:16a)

To, "Be of the same mind toward one another," simply means that 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

We see this in various social make-ups between the so-called, "Have's" and "Have-not's," and it has been prevalent in many societies as one sect of ethnicity, or culture is thought to be lesser by another ethnicity or culture.

Jesus came and gave us a great example of this attribute of non-partiality when He came and died for 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 - Salvation is a mixture of God's sovereignty through His "Grace" and man's "Free-will" of accepting Christ's atonement for man's personal confessed sin which is expressed through faith in the confession of Jesus as his Savior (See Rom 10:9-10; Eph 2:8, 9 - it simply means that God's desire is that "Everyone" repents and be saved - 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)

The Apostle Paul shows this same mind of non-partiality as recorded in Romans.

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes Romans 1:16 (NKJV)

Q:    So what application can we take from this as Christian believers?

A:    We are not to show favoritism to one person over another.

Many of us don't think that we show favoritism, but I would bet that we probably do more than we would actually think.  

Example:  Let's say that you were in a restaurant eating, and two more people come into the restaurant to be seated to eat - each of them is looking for their own table.  One of the available tables is situated right next to you, and another table is on the other side of the restaurant.   One of the people looks to be a homeless person who was very filthy and un-kept, and the other person is well dressed and groomed.  Which person would you prefer to sit at the table next to you?

Some who might be reading this are saying, "Ah, that's not really what the Word teaches; anyone would prefer the clean person to be seated next to them."  Exactly my point - we're all guilty at one point of this partiality.  Need a little more proof?  The Bible covers this very clearly because God knew that we would be tempted to sin in this manor.  Let's take a look at how James attacks this issue and this very example.

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)

Hey Christian, we are all going to be tempted to show partiality, so we need to make sure that we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and casting down any notion of showing partiality - identifying that it is from the enemy.  God wants to bring someone into your life that needs to see the light, and be loved in a Christ-like way - let's not be the ones who choose to do this with - let's let God choose.

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?

APPLICATION: Ask God to allow you to see His will when you find yourself tempted to show partiality.  Ask for His leading and His wisdom as well.  

Father, Thank You for Your Word and the knowledge that I have been given by reading, studying, and meditating upon it.  I am sorry for the times that I have knowingly shown partiality, and I ask for forgiveness for this.  Help me to trust in Your leading and sovereignty in each situation Lord.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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