Favoritism means the unfair practice of treating some people better than others.
There should be no favoritism anywhere, especially in the church. James 2:1 says, “My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.”
Listen, God does not want us to allow that wicked spirit of favoritism to poison us because it actually blocks the flow of God, and causes stagnation. We are to allow the Holy Spirit to flow within and among us like a fresh river, but when we release favoritism in the church, it is like bathing in muddy water.
We are part of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12). We have the same Spirit living in us, so why would we choose one person over the next. That is complete ignorance, but we bind up that spirit and release the power of unity in the church.
Esther was called for “such a time as this.” God used her to save her people. Her cousin, Mordecai, couldn’t do it, only Esther.
Likewise, God desires to choose certain members of the Body to accomplish certain tasks. However, if leaders are overlooking certain people, how can the Body function properly? It is crucial for leaders to be sensitive to the Spirit so they can recognize this truth. If they do not operate on this level of understanding, these leaders are then working with the enemy to bring division in the church.
James 2:2-4 continues,
Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Repent. Change your minds and ways, for you are interfering with God’s perfect plan. Verse 8-9 tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves because then we will be doing right. Otherwise, we are walking in sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.
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