So far in James we have seen three tests of faith:
- Response to trials
- Response to temptations
- Reaction to the Word of God
The fourth test is that of partiality or favoritism. In particular James mentions social and economic status as an example of showing favoritism or discrimination.
God is impartial in His dealings with people. This is not usually an attribute we normally associate with God, at least not the first descriptive term we think of, but it is true.
We need to remember to be impartial in dealing with others. Christians will all be equal in Heaven for eternity. We will be surrounded by God and His love for us.
Of course, we also need to use biblical discernment, but without being prejudice.