Pure and Undefiled Religion
Does your spirituality please God?
Published August 13th, 2017
Main point summary
Radical purity and sacrificial service are the spiritual qualities God commends; thoughtless talk is not.
Many of us think of ourselves as spiritual people, but James gives us a litmus test to examine how well our spirituality aligns with what God desires. Do I spend my time talking, letting words run ceaselessly and carelessly from my mouth? If so, my many words may be deceiving me into thinking my state before God is better than it is. Or do I make the hard choices, the ones that involve spending my money, time, and energy for others? Do I turn away from what the world holds out, knowing it will prove unsatisfying and destructive? Join me in asking these questions honestly and humbly. Let us press on to practice a pure and undefiled religion, that we may please our Heavenly Father.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If anyone considers himself to be a spiritual person,
q and does not bridle his tongue
yet does not speak in a controlled, godly manner
but deceives his heart,
and instead deceives himself as to his true state before God,
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then his "spirituality" finds no favor with God.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
By contrast , this is the type of religious activity that our Father finds acceptable and free from fault:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
taking the time and effort to care for those without protection or provision,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and being careful not to be influenced and corrupted by the world's desires and priorities.