“So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:12-13).
The perfect law of liberty redeems us from the tyrannical slavery of sin so that we now have the freedom to do the right thing. With this glorious freedom to do the right thing comes the solemn responsibility to do it. We must giturdun!
To be freed by God’s grace and mercy from shallow and superficial worldly values necessitates the removal of partiality from your heart and life. “My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality” (James 2:1). God’s mercy toward you with all your failings and imperfections ought to be repaid by being merciful to others.
Judging others using worldly standards and then acting with partiality is evil (James 2:4), sin (James 2:9), and a flagrant violation of the royal law (James 2:9). You are a transgressor (James 2:11).
Such a lifestyle is incredibly blind and shortsighted. Every day of your life ought to be lived as if it were your last. Like everyone, you live constantly on the verge of God’s final judgment (James 2:12). If you truly believe this, your faith will be evidenced in your daily behavior, and you will not live another day being a respecter of persons.
A final sober truth about the seriousness of the sin of partiality is the law of sowing and reaping. God is not mocked; therefore, you will reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7-8). If you unmercifully judge others and show partiality instead of love and compassion, you will receive the same from God. His judgment of you will be without mercy because your judgment and treatment of others has shown no mercy.
The seriousness of the sin of partiality cannot be overstated.