The partiality or, maybe, the impartiality chapter. James writes, “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory” (2:1), and he goes on to contrast the treatment toward a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing who comes into the church and a poor man in shabby clothing who also comes in. We are not to treat the former with great respect and honor while dismissing and even mistreating the latter. You know, God’s Word teaches us about deep spiritual truths but always those truths have their practical sides, and the Bible is very much concerned about how we live our daily lives and how we treat others. In the assembly and, also, toward others, may our conduct always reflect James’ counsel and the words of Ira Wilson’s hymn. After all, we who have been loved by so great a love, how can we not also love!
Out in the highways and byways of life,
Many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
Making the sorrowing glad.
Give as 'twas given to you in your need,
Love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed,
Unto your mission be true.
Make me a blessing, Make me a blessing.
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray.
Make me a blessing to someone today. -- Ira B. Wilson (1909)