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06/29/2017

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Pure And Simple Religion


"If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself from being polluted by the world" (Jas.1:26-27).

When we consider the situation in which his readers lived and the trials they faced, James focused his attention on three (3) basic things, that when considered together, he called pure and faultless religion.... None of these three things emphasizes abstract ideas such as faith, love and hope, even though they are important. James was the practical guy, and his emphasis was on Christian behavior. The three (3) things are; (1) keeping a tight rein on one's tongue, (2) visiting orphans and widows in their trouble, (3) keeping oneself from being polluted by the world. Hmmmmmm... Now it seems like when we talk about Christianity that love, faith and hope always come to the forefront, and they should. James, on the other hand, looks for results. His big thing is all about what one does with their love, faith and hope. I think that he considered all three of these as what it means to be doers of the Word... Jesus emphasized that the beginning of the Christian journey revolves around things of the heart. James took the Lord's teachings to the next level. The heart of the Christian has not been engaged unless it is evident in one's behavior. James warned his readers that the world will do its best (actually its worst) to corrupt and pollute Christian behavior. Though he doesn't go into detail about the steps one must take to remain unpolluted, wisdom gleaned from experience or advice from others has much to teach. The world would like to stain us, and we must do our best to keep this from happening....

Have a great day.... Let His light shine though you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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