Don’t Show Favoritism

My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?  For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes.  If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives? James 2:1-4 (NLT)

The Bible warns us about showing favoritism to one person over another.  The scripture above uses an example of a rich person and poor person, but you could easily replace this example with one about race or culture.  The objective of a Christian is to become more like Christ each day.  God loves everyone.  More importantly, God loves everyone equally.  Read the verse above again and reflect on its meaning.  Next, what can you do today to show God’s love to someone who is different than yourself?