I. GOD IS NOT PARTIAL
For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality . . . (Deuteronomy 10:17).
. . . the Lord our God will have no part in unrighteousness, or partiality . . . (2 Chronicles 19:7).
[the Lord] shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich above the poor, for they all are the work of His hands? (Job 34:19).
And, masters, do the same things to them [servants], and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him (Ephesians 6:9).
II. WE ARE NOT TO BE PARTIAL
To show partiality is not good . . . (Proverbs 28:21).
A. IT IS SIN TO BE PARTIAL
If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law, according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors (James 2:8-9).
B. DO NOT BE PARTIAL TO THE RICH
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool;” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? Listen, my beloved brethren; did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called? . . . if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors (James 2:1-9).
C. DO NOT BE PARTIAL TO THE POOR
. . . nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute (Exodus 23:3).
You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly (Leviticus 19:15).
D. LEADERS/JUDGES ARE NOT TO BE PARTIAL
You [judges] shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment is God’s . . . (Deuteronomy 1:17).
You shall appoint for yourself judges . . . and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial . . . (Deuteronomy 16:18-19).
. . . Consider what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord who is with you when you render judgment. Now then let the fear of the Lord be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the Lord our God will have no part in unrighteousness, or partiality . . . (2 Chronicles 19:6-7).
III. CURSED IF PARTIAL
So I have made you despised and abased before all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways, but are showing partiality . . . (Malachi 2:9).
IV. CORRECT ATTITUDES
A. BE OF THE SAME MIND TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER
Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind (Romans 12:16).
B. CONSIDER OTHERS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOURSELF
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself (Philippians 2:3).