Pleasing God
James 1:26-27
Contrary to human notion pure religion is simple: love God and love others that God may be glorified in everything.
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Published August 26th, 2016
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Keep It Simple
Main point summary
Don't deceive your heart with your many words. Instead, keep it simple: love God and love others.
Keep It Simple
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We can talk a good game and convince ourselves that we love God when we're actually only fooling ourselves. This love is self-love and the game is a con game and in the end we're the losers. Forget the many words that puff us up. Listen instead to God's word and learn what pleases him. It is simple but not simplistic: love God, our Father wholeheartedly and love others especially those who are alone and suffering that God may be glorified in everything.
James 1:26-27
If anyone thinks he is religious
You can imagine that you are holy all you want to
q and does not bridle his tongue
but if you don't control your mouth,
but deceives his heart,
then you believe your own press
this person’s r religion is worthless.
which is idolatry.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
Worship that is acceptable to God, our Father is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
to look after those who are left alone and in need,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and to guard yourself against the pollution of the world.
Fancy words lead to a cop out which leads to a drop out.
True religion is practical, easing suffering wherever you find it.
Psalm 25:14 The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
Sarah Hubert
Hi Dlaxen, thank you for the arc and notes. I was particularly caught by your Ac/Res on vs 26b/c. I would have thrown a Neg/Pos on there at first glance, but seeing your different choice made me stop and think for quite a while about it. Is not controlling your tongue a cause to deceiving your heart? Or does a deceived heart result in an uncontrolled tongue...or...maybe all of the above. Either way it doesn't change the point of the verses, but it did make for some good thinking and self questioning (about whether I am guilty of these things).
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