Beware of Personal Favoritism.

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partially. James 2:1 NKJV.


Partiality, prospolepsia, Strong’s #4382: Favoritism, partiality, distinction, bias, conditional preference. Webster’s –Partial of or relating to a part rather than the whole; not general or total. The word denotes a biased judgment, which gives respect to rank, position, or circumstances instead of considering the intrinsic conditions. God shows no partiality in justice, (Col.3:25) judgment, or favorable treatment when dealing with people, and He expects us to follow His example.

To get a clear picture, Verse 9: but if you show partiality, (receive face) you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. Show partiality, prosopolepteo, Strong’s # 4380: From prosopon, “a face,” and lambano, “to lay hold of.” This word means to make distinctions among people based on their rank or influence, showing preference for the rich and powerful. The impartial God shows to all people the same love, grace, blessings, and benefits His salvation.

Human beings possess a relationship to one another and to God that no other creature does. To be human is to experience a multitude of social relations. Created in the image of God (Gen.1:26), all human beings have an equal value and, by their humanity, are interrelated. Human worth cannot be valued by ethnicity, wealth, social standing or educational level because all are significant and valuable in God’s order.

To regard a race, group, or individual as less important than another is sin in view of the fact Jesus Christ died for all people and for each one in particular. At the foot of the Cross, we are equal, both in our worth to God (He sent His Son to die for each of us) and in our need to accept His gift of salvation. Let us learn to respect and honor every person regardless of his/her station or color.

James helps us to discover the problem of prejudice, the reasons to love without prejudice, & how to be impartial in living our faith in Jesus.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Feb 19, 2014 @ 13:16:05

    “Human worth cannot be valued by ethnicity, wealth, social standing or educational level because all are significant and valuable in God’s order.”

    Amen, my brother.

    Thanks once again for another instructive lesson from the Greek. It is no coincidence that God chose the Greek language. It is so descriptive.

    God’s blessings, Manny…


    • Mannyr
      Feb 19, 2014 @ 15:34:33

      I agree. It is so very descriptive, and at the time it was a language known throughout the entire world.Our Lord is large and in charge!


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