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Welcome to you joining by finding your way here from my Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion today called Playing Favorites. {To read it, click here but be sure to come back for the giveaway!}

God’s love shows no favoritism.

But do we? do we prefer one child over another? Treat a coworker we like and are friends with better than one we don’t click with as much? Wave in a friendly manner to a pleasant neighbor and ignore the grumpy one as we walk by them?

James 2:1 states, “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.” (NIV)

The rest of James chapter two goes on to give a scenario where a rich man with fine clothes wanders into a church service. A poor man in shabby clothes also attends that day. It states that if we give attention to the rich man, giving him a great seat, but tell the poor man to stand during the service or sit on the floor, we have become judges with evil thoughts. Ouch!

Today, vow to treat everyone you come into contact with in a loving and respectful way regardless of your level of affection for them. Regardless of their economic status. Or race. Or political views. Or religion—or lack thereof.

Jesus showed no favoritism. Neither should we.

PPAnd….if you are a mom who would like a little encouragement in not only loving your kids equally but loving and serving God, check out my latest book Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus.

This devotional has 100 short daily entries that deal with a woman’s relationship with God, her marriage, her mothering, her home and her influence in the world.

I’m giving away two copies today. To be entered, leave a comment here with your thoughts on showing favoritism as a mom. Have you struggled with it? Find it easier to click with one child over another? Tell us your thoughts.

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  • Dear Karen,

    I am in the middle of reading your book, Keep It Shut. While I am a writer, I am NOT a Facebooker, blogger, or social(ite) media user. I usually fly low under the radar. However, I just read in your text about all of the negative response you get on your blog site, so I just wanted to stop and tell you WHAT A FABULOUS BOOK THIS IS. I love your style, transparency, and guts to expound on such a sensitive topic. I find it practical and easy to read and and I have gone back to reread several lines. I learned about your book and the Proverbs 31 Ministries from listening to your audio interview on Focus on the Family through WBSN -FM radio in New Orleans. As far as the negative bloggers, they just don’t know JESUS. Thanks, Karen.