In James chapter 2, James talks about the statues and the laws of Christ (the laws of living life as a Christian).
He starts off by writing,
“My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.” James 2:1, ESV
In the King James Version it reads,
“My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.” James 2:1, KJV
What is James saying here?
What James is saying is that we should not show partiality of our faith in Jesus Christ, in favor of one person, but unfavorable toward the other.
To show partiality unfavorable towards a person means to judge them unfairly and unjustly according to their outwardly appearance, their way of life, and/or their background. To show partiality in favor of a person means to do the opposite – to judge that person as right and upholding due to their appearance, their way of life, and/or their background.
James goes on to say,
“If you really fulfill the royal law according to Scripture. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” James 2:8-9, ESV
This means that to judge a person based on outwardly appearance and status alone (worldly and human law) means to commit sin, and is in contradiction to the royal law we as Christians are suppose to live out and abide by.
Are you loving your neighbor as yourself?
James continues on by stating,
“…has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you…” James 2:5-6, ESV
Now lets be clear, James is not insisting that we hate the rich and only love those who are poor. James is instead reminding us to uphold the laws of Jesus Christ; to love one another in accordance to the grace and mercy that was given to us by Christ.
With this understanding, let us love one another in accordance to God’s will (God’s royal law) – that which was set before us and was walked out by Jesus Christ himself.
God bless you.