James 3:17, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
The book of James speaks a lot about partiality or respect of persons. And they are totally relevant terms today (of course!). BBC World News and other news sources say that the reason the third world is the third world (lots of lawlessness) is not due to any country having a lack of laws, but rather due to them being unevenly applied to the citizens of that country (partiality). If you are poor in the third world, nobody uses the law to protect you like they use it to protect richer people.
The same happens to us. When we get angry with someone, we unevenly apply “our personal law” to that person. How many times do we see a person get angry with a leader in a church and hold that person to a totally different standard than the other leaders? We might put that person’s grammar under a microscope or count the number of “ah’s” as he speaks. Then, next service, someone with whom we don’t have issues speaks, with just as many mistakes or “ah’s,” and we never notice.
That, my friends, is partiality. That, my friends, is respect of persons. And James says, simply, “stop it