The Perfect Brother! (2/3)

We noted in a previous meditation that JAMES, a brother of Jesus, would have learned much from sharing family life with his perfect brother. We will see further evidence of this in some of the practical teaching he gives in his New Testament letter.
James’s letter shows that one of the key things he would have learned from spending time in the company of Jesus was how wrong any kind of discrimination or favouritism was in God’s eyes. Certainly, judging people on the grounds of appearance or wealth should not have any place among Christians; indeed, it denies the very things that we say we believe!

Even Jesus’s enemies said of Him, ‘You do not regard the person of men’, Matthew chapter 22 verse 16. Jesus said, ‘Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment’, John chapter 7 verse 24. Indeed, He spoke to a Samaritan woman by a well-side and called Matthew, a tax collector, to follow Him. He was the ‘Lord of glory’, James chapter 2 verse 1 – if He did not discriminate, neither should we!

Along with James, we should always remember, ‘Has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love him’, James chapter 2 verse 5. Poverty is not a disadvantage as far as God is concerned! If we look at how badly the rich often treat the poor, e.g. by dragging them into court, we should never wish to discriminate in their favour.

Above all else, James makes it clear that if we show acts of favouritism and prejudice, we are guilty of breaking God’s law of love, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’, James chapter 2 verse 8.

As James shared family time with Jesus in the humble home in Nazareth and later traced His footsteps beyond the home, he would never have seen an act or heard a word of favouritism.