“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?” (James 2:1 NLT).


The apostle James wrote that believers should not show favoritism to some over others. He especially had in mind those who were favoring the rich over the poor. He said that showing favoritism exposed not only their evil motives, it was actually committing sin.
This instruction continues to have great relevance for the Church. The Gospel is the great equalizer of us all. For it proclaims that we are all sinners in need of a Savior. Yet at the same time, it offers salvation to all who would believe. As the children’s song declares, “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
Far from showing favoritism because of race, gender, or socio-economic status, we must welcome everyone. May our invitation always be, “Come as you are and be forever changed by the love of Jesus!”
PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You that have welcomed us into Your family. We repent of the favoritism that we often show. Help us to love others, especially those who are the least of these, as You have loved us. We want to be marked by Your love. In Jesus’ name, amen.