What does true religion look like?
Published February 28th, 2019
Main point summary
Your religion is proved by your actions of love and endurance in holiness and not by your words of boasting.
What are the signs of our faith? Saving faith results in obedience to God producing the fruit of righteous acts. Let us humbly serve the Lord by obeying his command of loving the Lord and our neighbor and resisting sin so as to be holy and set apart before God. If our faith is only displayed through words without actions it is meaningless.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If any of you perceives himself as a religious man
q and does not bridle his tongue
and as a result, does not control his mouth, talking a lot and boasting about his faith
but deceives his heart,
and therefore deceiving himself by thinking highly of himself
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then his religion is meaningless
Religion that is pure and undefiled
On the contrary, religion that is worthy and unpolluted
before God, the Father, is this:
in the presence of God the Father (not in the presence of and to please men) is proved by the following actions:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
i.e (1) loving and caring for your neighbours especially those who are oppressed and have suffered loss e.g widows and orphans
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and (2) resisting sin and the forces of the world, pursuing holiness to be kept pure and set apart for God