How true religion leads to a change in actions
Published January 29th, 2019
Main point summary
Religion which is self focused and undisciplined leads to self deception, alternatively religion that is true before God is to help those around you and live a holy life.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If you think you are religious
q and does not bridle his tongue
AND you do not tell the truth
but deceives his heart,
The RESULT is you will be deceived
this person’s r religion is worthless.
THEN your religion is worthless
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
ALTERNATIVELY, good religion is:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
WHAT I MEAN IS, To visit those in need
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
AND to keep oneself from the stains of the world
This passage provides two kinds of religion, one which is worthless and one which is true before God. Religion which is self focused and undisciplined leads to self deception, alternatively religion that is true before God is to help those around you and live a holy life. Worthless religion Worthless religion is rooted in a self focus of thinking that you are religious and yet not having different actions. Not controlling your tongue shows that you are self deceived and that you do not actually follow God. It is thus evidence that your religion is worthless. True religion True religion leads to a change in actions and heart. There are two things mentioned about true religion. The first is that it is to visit the widows and the orphans in their affliction. This points to having an outward focused lifestyle and caring about the needs of those whom society forgets about. True religion leads to serving those around you who don't deserve it. The second marker of true religion is to keep yourself unstained from the world. This looks like not following the patterns and desires of the world but rather living a holy life in accordance with the commands God has given us. Reflection questions How can I bridle my tongue? How can I serve those around me? How can I live a holy life?