What real religion is
James 1:26-27
Be real!
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Published December 31st, 2017
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James 1:26-27
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Real religion shows itself in actions.
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James 1:26-27
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If anyone thinks he is religious
Although someone may think of themselves as religious,
q and does not bridle his tongue
If he doesn't bridle his tongue
but deceives his heart,
then he deceives his heart
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this person’s r religion is worthless.
therefore he shows his religion to be worthless
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Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
Rather, real religion before God is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
He visits orphans and widows in their distress
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and he keeps himself unstained from the world
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Real faith will always come out in actions. I don't want to deceive myself that I have real faith- if my life doesn't show any evidence of care for other people, then it's likely not real. Also, I don't want to do those things such as visit widows and help take care of orphans, so that I may prove myself worthy- this is missing the point. Doing those things should spring from a heart that has been changed by God to do those things, and thereby show itself to be real.
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James 1:26-27 ESV
James 1:26-27
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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