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Arcing—Assignment 9
James 1:26-27
What we value most is revealed by our words and deeds: we are either self-centered or Father-centered.
Published March 6th, 2018
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Undeceived and undefiled religion turns away from self and the world and towards those who need the Father most
The person who thinks much of himself and makes much of himself has little to do with God, no matter how much he may believe his actions matter. James just explained how human anger does not bring about the righteousness of God--yet our tongues keep revealing that the spirit that motivates us may be self-righteous anger, not the Spirit of God. The heart that truly turns to God turns away from self and the world and towards those who need the Father most--the widows and orphans who have no Protector in this world.
James 1:26-27
If anyone thinks he is religious
Εἴ τις δοκεῖ θρησκὸς εἶναι
If anyone thinks he is religious
q and does not bridle his tongue
μὴ χαλιναγωγῶν γλῶσσαν αὐτοῦ
[without] bridling his tongue
but deceives his heart,
ἀλλʼ ἀπατῶν καρδίαν αὐτοῦ,
[but instead] deceiving his heart
this person’s r religion is worthless.
τούτου μάταιος ἡ θρησκεία.
[then] this "religion" is vain.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
θρησκεία καθαρὰ καὶ ἀμίαντος παρὰ τῷ θεῷ καὶ πατρὶ αὕτη ἐστίν,
[By contrast] religion that is pure undefined before The God and Father is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
ἐπισκέπτεσθαι ὀρφανοὺς καὶ χήρας ἐν τῇ θλίψει αὐτῶν,
To visit widows and orphans in their affliction
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
ἄσπιλον ἑαυτὸν τηρεῖν ἀπὸ τοῦ κόσμου.
And to keep oneself from the world, unstained.
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