James 2:2-4–Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy 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?
James gives an example of the truth of shared in yesterday’s verse. We are not to show favorites or discriminate among people. In this example, a rich looking man and a poor looking man both come in and are treated very differently. We are not to discriminate against others based on their looks. God loves each one the same and He seeks to bring all people to Himself. We must be diligent to not treat someone different based on how he or she looks. We are to show the love of Christ to all.
Father, I pray that You will give me Your eyes to see people, not my own. Help me to know and understand how You see people and the love that You have for people. Forgive me for any discriminating thoughts or actions that I have had and teach me Your way, O Lord.