James 2:3 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,”

For many reasons, individuals like to dress up; whether casually enrobed, suited and booted, or with sparkle and glamour – attires do a lot of speaking. The reasoning is because often in the choice of ones apparel whether colour, material, texture and even the accessories that go with them, we can infer some intelligence about their jobs, interest, preferences etc.

Thus, while Saint James is clearly against favouritism where the rich and better dressed were receiving attention in favour of the poorly dressed, that is not our cue to pay any less attention to how we enrobe. In more ways than we can imagine, because we live in a realm that is largely sense-led, we should not think appearance does not matter.

Many people will form an initial opinion about you from the moment they set eyes on you. Even before you say a single word, paragraphs have already been spoken by your appearance. But you have some say in how some of those opinions are forged. Therefore, it is worth bearing in mind to ‘dress as you want to be adressed’ and it does not have to cost a fortune.


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