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“don’t show favouritism” [James 2:1(RAV)]
“don’t show favouritism”. A word of warning and encouragement. Favouritism comes in all shapes and guises. How easily we show it and receive it without noticing, but how quick we are to notice when others are involved or we are excluded. Favouritism shown to Joseph resulted in envy and jealousy amongst his brothers. Favouritism sought by James and John seriously upset the rest of the disciples. Favouritism will always have negative consequences which is why James warns us against it. It is the way of the world and not of God’s people. It is of the old nature and must be checked. The encouragement is to be impartial. Jesus encouraged us to deliberately show kindness to those who have no influence or high position and so cannot repay us. A blessing is promised.