God Doesn't Play Favorites--by Kimberly B. Southall

We all have special relationship with certain people such as parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and friends. And that is great. But have you ever given thought to how you treat and form opinions about people that you don't know? For example, when you are faced with two different strangers, maybe new kids at school, do you treat them the same? Always-no matter what they're like? Are you sure? Does it make a difference if one is dressed nicely and one isn't? Does it matter if you think one is rich and one is poor? What if one is a boy and one is a girl? What if one is good-looking and one is ugly? What about a person who lives in a neighborhood like yours and has the same hobbies as you do and a person who doesn't? Or what if one has the same color skin as you and one doesn't?

The Bible teaches us that God accepts us no matter who we are so long as we fear (honor) Him and do what is right. And God wants us to do the same. Read these verses for yourself:

34Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right." --Acts 10:34-35 (NIV)

My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. --James 2:1 (NIV)

Remember these words from the Bible and always be careful about how you treat others. Remember that other people, no matter what they look like or where they are from, are just as important to God as you are. God doesn't play favorites, and neither should you.

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