James 2:5-11 (NLT)
5 Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn�t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren�t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? 6 But you dishonor the poor! Isn�t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? 7 Aren�t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear? 8 Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: �Love your neighbor as yourself.� 9 But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. 10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God�s laws. 11 For the same God who said, �You must not commit adultery,� also said, �You must not murder.� So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law.
Written by James, the half brother of Jesus, James points out how some favor the rich while ignoring the poor. James also points out that Jesus said the poor will be the ones to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. He notes this action as sin and points out if a person commits even one sin they have broken God�s law and therefore considered a sinner. By committing the sin they have been judged by God a sinner, just as adulterers and murderers have also been judged sinners.
It is sad to say that even in the Christian church there are those who will show partiality to some while placing condemnation on others. These people judge by their own standards. They make statements to support their own beliefs. Instead of following God�s word they fail to see their own sin, their own flaws, and their own need for grace. They believe their good deeds to be superior to others; yet they fail to remember God said all our good works are but filthy rags. There are none of us who measure up to God; nor are there any of us without sin. We all need understanding. We all need love. We all need grace and mercy. Christ offers this to all who believe in Him. Make sure we are following Christ by extending love, grace and mercy to others who are also in need.