Book: Proverbs 28
“Showing partiality is never good, yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread.”
Partiality or favoritism is when a person makes a poor decision because of an inappropriate bias being applied into the process which goes against their conscience. It is not demonstrating justice therefore it is wrong. Romans 2:11 says “For God does not show favoritism.” God expects that those who follow Him show love to all and not favoritism.
Read Matthew 5:43-48 and see how Jesus explains it:
“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Today I spent some time with two senior men separately. Both of them are octogenarian.
The first man, was in the financial institution at the same time I was. As I was having my financial business looked after by a teller, I heard this man talking to another teller. He had been sent down to this financial institution to buy a bus pass which they no longer sold. His legs were weak, he had walked all he could and he was stuck. As I left the bank, he had gotten up and was a few paces ahead of me walking with his cane. I called out to him and asked him if he wanted a ride, he didn’t want to bother me but accepted the ride. For the next 15 minutes he shared his life story with me. He explained how he had spent his life giving and helping others through some very tough situations. It was a joy to spend time with him even though I did not know him and it took 30 minutes out of my day. To him it was a great help.
The second octogenarian was a man who I have known for many years. I visited him in his home. We talked about his family, what he had been doing and the busy life he is leading. He shared many stories which I enjoyed listening to. We talked about prayer and I prayed with him.
Both of these wonderful men I was able to help out. It would have been easy for me to have just ignored the octogenarian in the financial institution. Why should I have gotten myself involved in his problem as he had nothing to give me? It is because God does not show partiality.