But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. James 2:9
James recognized the sinful attitude of discrimination in the church. In the context James rebukes the church for favoring the wealthy and neglecting or ignoring the poor. It is clear that Jesus used the poor and continues to use the poor. He uses all people. Applicable to us, I would like to elaborate on discrimination and distinction of classes, social status, ethnicity, religion, and personality. In the verse above James claims that respecting persons and discrimination violates the law of God. When we make distinctions and judge others we are guilty of breaking God’s law.
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. Leviticus 19:15
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12: 29-31
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12
Do you know someone whom you have treated harshly, spoken to maliciously, or judged unfairly?
Am I responsible for, or involved in a toxic relationship (extremely harsh, malicious, or harmful, poisonous capable of causing serious debilitation or death), superficial friendship (fake, presenting only an appearance without substance or significance), or arrogant (attitude of superiority) and judgmental (characterized by a tendency to judge harshly) attitude? Are you?Such attitudes are sinful. God commands us to love and honor others. He commands us to esteem others better than ourselves.
Father, deliver us from our self-righteous judgment and discrimination. Help us to recognize the value in all people. Help us to submit to your commands and follow your law.