Still with the overarching theme of the Royal Law of Love, we come in our studies of James to a strong caution against the sin of unjust favoritism, or prejudice. While showing preference does not have to be sinful (and we consider cases where God the Father and the Lord Jesus themselves show preference that is clearly not unjust) we must be aware of the kind of favoritism God hates. We learn:
We are encouraged to search our hearts and to turn away from sinful prejudice. We are reminded from Psalms 73 and 133 that these things work in the church against the love and the unity that we are commanded to show to one another.