It is not hard to see why these wealthy people were despised and resented. Their behavior was reprehensible and for those who were believers, this behavior was sinful. But the question remained, was it their riches that corrupted them or was it their corrupt natures that misused their wealth?
James reminds us that spiritual wealth is far more important than financial wealth. Treasuring God and His will is the true source of wealth. Knowing God's luxurious love and His extravagant grace is the true measure of wealth. People who possess that overcome insensitity, give generously and do justice.
Are you rich toward God? If not, poor you!