Unbiased and Sincere

by Scarlett Stough

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Without Partiality; Without Hypocrisy.


The two components of wisdom, without partiality and without hypocrisy, mentioned in James 3:17 result from a willingness to see others and ourselves with honesty; who we really are on the inside.

When God sent Samuel the prophet to anoint David as the successor to Saul as king of Israel, Samuel was impressed by Jesse’s oldest son Eliab, but God was not.

Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7

When Peter was sent to the home of Cornelius to tell them the way of salvation, he said:

I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.
Acts 10:3-35

God doesn't judge us based on who our ancestors are, what we look like, how much money we make, or what other people think of us. But God does have a standard:

This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. Isaiah 66:2

If we desire godly wisdom, we have to start by humbling our own heart and complying willingly with our heavenly Father's instructions. Once we have begun removing the plank out of our own eye (Matthew 7:1-5), we will also begin to respond with mercy to the "speck of sawdust" we see in others.

By confessing, repenting and accepting God's forgiveness, we can give up attempting to keep up appearances, pretending to be right with God to gain approval of people, hypocrisy, as Ananias and Sapphira did (Acts 5:1-11). We can fool people for a time, but God is never fooled.

People with godly wisdom won't be trying to fool people into thinking they fear God and are doing the right thing; they will be too busy fearing God (a deep love and respect) and obeying his instructions from the heart, changed by his Spirit.

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