For God shows no partiality [undue favor or unfairness; with Him one man is not different from another].
It’s no secret that some people have a greater influence than others and that some people seem to have more favor than others, but yet the Apostle Paul says that God shows no partiality, He plays no favorites. Is this really true? One of the most challenging things about scripture is its apparent duality. These seemingly contradictory ideas like a loving God that shows wrath, or a God that is always good but yet bad things happen to good people, or a God that shows no partiality but there are only a few “chosen” ones.
These concepts cause a sane person to question, “How is this possible, God?” And I believe that is the point. There are levels of truth. Some truths carry more weight than others, but yet they are all truth. The highly anointed and powerful individuals of the faith that we know (i.e. Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Smith Wigglesworth, etc.) got their anointing by pressing deeper into God. It is good to question things about your faith because it causes you to seek for the answer (Proverbs 25:2). Every new revelation about God should inspire more questions because God is so massive and deep that we will never stop searching.
It is true some people have more favor than others because they learned how to steward the little favor they had to grow it into more favor. Even Jesus had to grow in favor with GOD and man (Luke 2:52). God doesn’t bless or reveal Himself in greater measure to one over the other because one is a favorite and the other is just “normal”. We are all His favorites, but some want to know Him better than others and so to those individuals God reveals Himself a little more. If you desire an anointing and grace that someone else has then you must realize they sought it out [continually]. If you ask and keep asking, seek and keep seeking, knock and keep knocking until the door is pounded down God will do for you what He has done for me, and what He has done for those generals of the faith. He looks for hungry ones.
Declaration: I will ask until I get an answer, seek until I find my treasure, and knock until a door of revelation is open.
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Do you suppose, O man–you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself–that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance an patience, not knowing the God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
Starting from verse 18 of the first chapter of Romans to the end of the chapter Paul describes a bunch of vile and unrighteous type of people and actions. The list is quite expansive and he concludes saying that it’s God’s righteous decree that such people who practice such things deserve to die. Harsh words, and in the past the Church has stopped right there and started declaring judgment on such people. But now there is a mighty rising shift in thinking and observance of the following chapter where Paul says the person(s) who judge(s) such people are just as guilty and worthy of judgment.
Our greatest example of the Kingdom lifestyle is Jesus the God-Man. Nobody before or after Him walked sinless (and thus the only person whom Romans 2:1-4 does not apply) but yet he only showed kindness to those in need of redemption. The woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, Zaccheus, etc. The only group of people Jesus spoke harshly (only after there many rejections of kindness) were the Pharisees. Ironically, they were seen as the holiest of their culture however being guilty of judging others unjustly because they weren’t perfect themselves.
There are many people in the modern day Church who were apart of the Pharisee mindset but have, thanks to the guiding of Holy Spirit, redirected their focus to Jesus and recognized that kindness still leads to repentance. The Church is meant to be a medic to a sick world. Where we once would press on the wounds of the sick with our judgments and condemnation we are now learning to dress the wounds and bring healing through Jesus. No matter how bad the sin (wound) our judgments won’t help to bring healing, rather love, compassion, and kindness will do it.
God’s judgment and wrath is real. No doubt about that, but God wills that no man perish, but all should reach repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
Declaration: Father, help me show your love, compassion, and kindness for it is your kindness that redeems people and brings them to repentance.