One Body Without Favoritism (Feb. 5, Fri.)

The word for today is “partiality.”  Favoritism is the way of the world.  Human society is so ordered that some are more advantaged, favored, and honored than others. However, the Gospel opposes and reverses this preferential treatment of the privileged.  In our reading of James 2:1-13, we read, “My Brethren, do not hold the faith our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, with partiality” (vs. 10). The Greek word translated as “partiality” means the “respect of persons” (Strong’s #4372, 2160). But the word has the connotation that this regard for others is based on outer appearance, not on inner character.  We hear this undertone in the flattery that the Herodians used in their attempt to trick Jesus: “You do…