The parallel of heart and tongue
Published September 17th, 2017
Main point summary
Empty claims are the product of a worthless religion, but a servant who acts lovingly towards others, carefully guards his heart, and controlls his tongue, reveals his religion to be pure in the eyes of the Father.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If anyone thinks he fears the Lord
q and does not bridle his tongue
And does not restrain his speech
but deceives his heart,
But lies to himself,
this person’s r religion is worthless.
Then his religious activities are empty of truth.
Religion that is pure
Religion that is blameless
and undefiled before God,
And unpolluted with sin is seen by God,
Our Father who we are in intimate relationship with,
is this: s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
As: visiting the fatherless and widows in their distress,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
And guarding oneself from the affairs of the ungodly.
James is showing the strong connection between the heart and the tongue. There is a parallel between the two, so that when the heart claims one thing, and the tongue claims another, you know one of them is lying. How can someone think he is religious and fears the Lord if he is being guided by his tongue instead of guiding his tongue? When a Christian is walking in not a false kind of religion, but pure religion, his claims will match up with his words and actions.