Empty vs Genuine Religion
Religion. Is mine genuine or worthless?
Published July 27th, 2017; Updated July 27th, 2017
If anyone thinks he is religious
If someone considers himself a religious person
q and does not bridle his tongue
and [if] he does not control what he says
but deceives his heart,
he fools himself
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then his religion is empty
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
Genuine religion before God is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
to spend time with orphans and widows in their hardship
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and remain unblemished from the world's morality
(1) Empty religion: If a person thinks he is religious and fools himself by an uncontrolled tongue.
(2) Genuine religion: visiting orphans and widows and remaining unblemished from the world
Is my religion worthless or genuine? Do I think I am a religious person? Do I control my tongue? Who are the widows and orphans I come in contact with in my life? Do I spend time with them? Do I keep myself unstained from the world? What does it practically look like to keep myself unstained from the world? God, again I am reminded that without you I am unable to live the life you require but with you I have all that I need. Prayer: Dear Holy Spirit please remind me that it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. As you show me the way I should live please work in me a desire to visit the orphans and widows in my life. Please teach me what it looks like to remain unstained from the world as I keep my eyes fixed on what you have done for me at the cross.
2 Peter 1:3 ESV
2 Peter 1:3
Confirm Your Calling and Election 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him f who called us to 1 his own glory and excellence, 2
Galatians 2:20 ESV
20 I have been t crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives u in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, v who loved me and w gave himself for me.
Main point summary
Empty religion: (1) thinking he is religious (2) fooling himself with an uncontrolled tongue. Genuine religion: (1) visiting orphans and widows (2) remaining unblemished from the world