What makes your religion valuable? Not your education or the profundity of your thoughts.
Published January 2nd, 2017
Main point summary
Exercise pure religion that does good works and keeps oneself holy and under control.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If you claim you are religious
q and does not bridle his tongue
but yet have no control over your tongue
but deceives his heart,
and have deceived yourself,
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then your religion is worthless (impure and defiled).
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
Instead pure and undefiled religion is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
to do good works such as caring for those who cannot pay you back like widows and orphans,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and to remain holy and righteous, unstained by the world.
There are many people who claim to be religious or spiritual today and yet, surprisingly, that spirituality has not changed them. They remain self-focused and undisciplined. This demonstrates that their religion is of no value and they are deceived. However, religion that is precious to God will change us so that we give of ourselves to show God's love to those who cannot repay us and we will keep ourselves under control and not let the desires of the flesh and the world entangle us.