Thursday, May, 7th 2009
"If you continue showing favortism, you are working a sin." (James 2:9)
Showing undue favor to the materially rich or to those having prominence can make us less sensitive to "the complaining cry of the lowly one." (Proverbs 21:13) Favoritism stifles a merciful spirit. We practice mercy by treating others impartially. Does being impartial mean that we should never show special consideration to anyone? Hardly. Concerning his fellow worker Epaphroditus, the apostle Paul wrote to Christians in Philippi: "Keep holding men of that sort dear." Why? "Because on account of the Lord's work he came quite near to death, exposing his soul to danger, that he might fully make up for your not being here to render private service to me." (Philippians 2:25, 29, 30) The faithful service rendered by Epaphroditus deserved recognition. Good spiritual qualities also merit acknowledgment. (1 Timothy 5:17) Showing such consideration is not favoritism.
(Watchtower issue: 09/15/07, 2:8, 9)