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James 1:26-27
James 1:26-27
Is your religion pure and undefiled?
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Published June 10th, 2017; Updated June 10th, 2017
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James 1:26-27
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James 1:26-27**
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James 1:26-27 ESV
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James 1:26-27
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26 If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
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Main point summary
Do not think that you are truly religious if you cannnot control what you say - you only deceive yourself and your religious acts are worthless. Show compassion with a pure heart to those who are in affliction, that is pure religion.
James 1:26-27**
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James 1:26-27
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If anyone thinks he is religious
If anyone considers himself to be religious [ because of his ritual observances ]
q and does not bridle his tongue
yet will not restrain or control what he says
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but deceives his heart,
so that he deceives his own heart,
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this person’s r religion is worthless.
then his religion [ his ritual acting ] is vain.
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Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
Because pure undefiled [ genuine ] religion is lived in the sight of God, the Father, who looks at the heart that he creates in you [ not at ritual acts ]:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
it is to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, showing compassion to everyone [ those who cannot repay you ] who are in desperate need,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and it's not just these acts of genuine mercy but it is also to guard oneself from the ways of the world.
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The mouth reveals the heart. So don't think that rituals make someone religious, they don't, God looks at the heart. Be merciful and have compassion on those in desperate need and live a pure life before God your Father. Matt 12:24
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False religion
A person whose religion is useless acts out a form of godliness by following rituals but inwardly he is full of the ways of the world. His tongue reveals the wickedness of his heart, uttering all manner of filth and hurting others with his words. He deceives himself and tries to deceive others by pretending to be good. A person who is truly religious lives his life before his Heavenly Father. He walks in the good works which God has prepared for him, being merciful to those who are in desperate need. Out of his heart he bring forth words that encourage and bless the weak. He guards his heart and mind from the ways of the world knowing that God watches over and keeps his heart.
Pure religion
A person who is truly religious lives his life before his Heavenly Father. He walks in the good works which God has prepared for him, being merciful to those who are in desperate need. Out of his heart he bring forth words that encourage and bless the weak. He guards his heart and mind from the ways of the world knowing that God watches over and keeps his heart. It is the tongue that reveals the heart. And God looks at the heart.
Comments
Nathan Clow
Thanks for showing me the -/+ for 26b and 26c, and for pointing out how a ground works.
Eric Judd
I think 26b and 26c are a classic -/+; it makes more sense in my mind to have them linked together under one arc, then make that arc the main point of the concessive.
When I did this arc, I had 26 and 27 as an alternative - the choice between pure religion and impure religion. I think a ground works, but a ground usually emphasizes the other arc, and I'm not sure the emphasis of the passage is squarely on the practitioners of impure religion.

Other than those two thoughts, the arc is solid. I would mention that your summary looks to be almost as long as the passage itself - at some point it's less a summary than a commentary. I struggle with this myself - it's tempting to insert commentary/interpretation into the summary, but that is usually better suited for dot notes and Notes tabs. If you can condense the summary down, it helps with the focus of understanding the text and, if you happen to be teaching on it, helps with determining what needs to be taught.

Again, I think this is great. Glad to see someone else willing to practice!
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