WISDOM: My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.
Don’t show favoritism instead, show mercy!
James tells believers bluntly not to show favoritism because Jesus didn’t. Favoritism is discriminating and passing judgment on others (Jesus’ job, not ours). God judges the heart, not appearances. God chose the poor to be rich in faith and yet the people (you) insult them. The rich often sin against you (the people) in their quest for money.
If you show favoritism, you sin. Even if you stumble and break just one law, you are guilty of breaking them all. We are not to choose which laws are more important. We are called only to obey.
We are free to show favoritism or not, but out of mercy, we must choose not to for this mercy will then be shown to us on Judgment Day, and mercy is greater than judgment.
“Life Is Only What You Make It”
Vernessie M. Joseph-Burbank