My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old 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? Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

In this passage, James is urging others to treat each other fairly. He wants the people to not judge others based on their outward appearance but to love everyone. He reminds us that God has promised us all the same thing regardless of how much money we have, or our social status, or how we dress.

The reason this is so important is because just like God doesn't have favorites, we shouldn't either. We are encouraged to love everyone just like God does and that means not showing partiality.

Obviously, this is much easier said than done. We are humans. It's natural for us to treat people differently based on our opinions of them, but James urges us to see people how God sees them. He sees all of us the same and loves us all the same. So, take that and try and apply it. Try to see others how God sees them, and sees you!

God, thank You for loving me all the time. I want to learn to love others the way that You love me. God I pray that You would teach me how to love others and see them all as Your children. God I'm looking forward to what You have to teach me. Thank You for being so good all the time. I love yYou! In Your name, Amen.

- Alex Raines