Pity and Favoritism

“And do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.” (Exo 23:3)

We are to look after the poor and to heed the call for justice. However, if we find ourselves in a position where we have to judge between a rich person and a poor person in a dispute, we are given a clear instruction.

While Robin Hood may have been deemed a hero for robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, he was still a thief. If we are to judge without partiality and to treat people equally, then this applies to rich and poor alike.

While we are to pity the poor and help where we can, this doesn’t mean being unreasonable to the rich. We are not to favor the poor over the rich but to treat them with equal respect and regard.

Quick Prayer: I will avoid misplaced pity with Your help, Jesus. Amen.


“And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.” (Eph 6:9)

In a company, there is usually an hierarchy. At the top is the leadership in the C-suite, followed by managers and mid-level leaders down to those who do the real work and then the seemingly more menial roles of packing, serving, or cleaning.

Every link in the chain that is in every company is critical for its success. From the strategy makers to the parcel wrappers, sales to marketing, warehouse to IT, all are important for the company to succeed.

So it is with God. He sees us all equally. CEO and cleaner, manager and sales assistant are all equal in His mind. So how should we treat each other?

Quick Prayer: We are all equal in Your eyes, Lord. Amen.