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Scripture Reading: Proverbs 24:23-26

How to Avoid Partiality

 

Intro.

1.  We all have certain preferences and favorites.

2.  Spiritual, moral matters demand impartiality because God is impartial, Rom. 2:11; Gal. 2:6.

3.  Ex. Elihu deferred to his elders before speaking, Job 32:6-7.

   -When he spoke his opinion he measured it with impartiality because he knew he spoke before God (32:6, 10, 17).

4.  Godís counsel: Be impartial, Prov. 24:23-25; 28:21.

  a.  Note: It is not showing partiality to rebuke evil and bless good.

  b.  Wisdom from above is impartial, James 3:17.

 

I.  THE DANGERS OF SHOWING PARTIALITY.

  A.  We Sin Against the Innocent, James 2:1-13.

    1.  Evil thoughts, James 2:4.

    2.  Dishonor the innocent, James 2:6.

    3.  It is not loving neighbor, but sin against him, James 2:8-9.

    4.  Forsakes mercy, James 2:12-13.

  B.  When We Show Favoritism We Are in Danger of Condemning the Innocent and Approving the Guilty, 1 Tim. 5:19-22.

    1.  Do not judge before verifying the facts, 5:21 (5:19).

    2.  Do not act with favoritism, 5:21 (5:20).

    3.  By being impartial we remain pure and do not commend the guilty and share in their sins, 5:22.

 

II.  HOW CAN WE AVOID PARTIALITY IN OUR JUDGMENTS AND ACTIONS?

  A.  Do Not Let Fleshly Considerations Influence Your Decisions, John 7:24. (Donít judge by appearance.)

    1.  Physical beauty v. inner beauty, Prov. 31:30.

      a.  In picking a marriage partner, 1 Pet. 3:2-4.

      b.  In assessing a personís quality and character, 1 Tim. 2:9.

    2.  Parents must not show favoritism toward children.

      a.  Isaac and Rebekah (Esau and Jacob), Gen. 25:27-28; 27:2ff.

      b.  Envy, bitterness, competition, hatred, separation, 27:41.

    3.  Leaders of men and Godís leaders, Prov. 29:2.

      a.  Saul: Handsome man, 1 Sam. 8:19-20; 9:2; 10:23-24.

      b.  David: Man after Godís heart, 1 Sam. 13:14; 16:7 (8-10).

      c.  Christ, Isa. 53:2; yet Luke 2:52.

      d.  This is why God qualifies men to lead His people (Acts 20:28). Churches suffer when partiality is practiced.

  B.  Do Not Let Emotions Cloud Objectivity, Exod. 23:3, 6; Lev. 19:15, 18 (misplaced sympathy or lingering grudge).

    1.  Fearing men perverts justice, Deut. 1:17 (Matt. 10:28).

    2.  Allegiance to family can cloud faithfulness, Matt. 10:37.

  C.  Reject Personal Gain, Deut. 10:17-19; 16:19-20 (bribe).

    1.  Fear of God protects us against partiality, 2 Chron. 19:6-7.

    2.  Contrast Felix, partial to money and power, Acts 24:26-27.

  D.  Maintain the Clear Distinction Godís Word Makes of Evil and Good, Prov. 18:5.

    1.  Do not reverse moral distinctions, Prov. 17:15; Isa. 5:20.

    2.  Keep Godís truth as standard for every judgment, John 12:48.

 

Conclusion

1.  We are children of an impartial Father. We cannot be partial and remain holy before Him, 1 Pet. 1:15-17.

2.  Godís offers salvation without partiality, Acts 10:34-35.

3.  He calls every sinner to mercy and salvation in His Son, including me and you.

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted November 17, 2021