Tuesday, January 5: Believers... must not show favoritism

Read James 2:1-7


Read James 2:1-7

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet," have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?



Why do you think James begins this section with the opening sentence he chooses here? Why is this true? What is it about Jesus that should cause us to avoid favoritism of any kind in the way we treat others?


We very often struggle to treat all people in a similar manner, especially when it comes to the rich and influential versus the poor and powerless. Why was this such an important issue for the early church? How often do you think of this biblical principle and put it into action in your life?



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