The Pitfalls of Personal Favoritism
OBJECTIVE: To read and discuss what God says about showing favoritism
Feasting on the Word:
Verse 1 says, “Don’t show favoritism.” Some versions call it “partiality.”
Discuss what that word means.
Verses 2-4 give us an example of how someone might show favoritism. Give
some modern day examples of how people show favoritism to the rich, and
not to the poor. What does verse 4 say that people are who show favoritism?
How does verse 5 say that a poor person can be rich? Verse 6 says that
showing favoritism dishonors (insults) the poor. Put yourself in the place of
the poor person in the story of verses 2-4. How would you feel?
In the rest of verse 6 and also verse 7, what does James point out to his
readers? Does this mean that ALL rich people are bad?
What royal law does James quote in verse 8? What are you doing if you do
NOT love your neighbor as yourself? (vs. 9)
Verses 10 and 11 explain that breaking only one law is the same as breaking
the whole law. Read what the Old Law commanded in Leviticus 19:15! The
New Law (of Jesus Christ) was demonstrated when Peter was sent to baptize
Cornelius, a Gentile. Read Acts 10:34. Therefore, the Old Law and the New
Law both teach that showing favoritism is wrong! Read the last sentence of
James 2:13 to discover the best way to treat people.
How can this lesson also apply to racism, handicapped people, overweight
people, etc.? Discuss some specific things that your family can do about it?
Family Project: Take time to work on your family project. (Refer to list.)