James, the brother of Jesus, didn't understand the ministry or the passion of Christ until after the crucifixion and resurrection. Yet, he became a great teacher/preacher in the early church. I like to call him No Games James, because he said it like it was and like it is today. In the second chapter of his book (James), he said, "My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing fine clothes and gold jewelry, and a poor man comes in dirty and scroungy. Don't be the usher who seats the well dressed man in a place of prominence and the poor man on the floor in a corner." This prejudice disappoints God. Instead Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:39).
Think About It
James said, "If you keep the law found in Scripture, 'Love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it." The key to loving others as you love yourself is to treat other people the way you would like to be treated. It's referred to as the Golden Rule.
Pray About It
Father God, thank you for Jesus and help us to be more like Him. Teach us how to show compassion and respect for the people around us and not to show prejudice. In Jesus' name, Amen.