Main point summary
Christ within is reflected by our speech and by outward evidences of God's nature born in us.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If you think that you are doing right by God
q and does not bridle his tongue
but you don't bridle your tongue
but deceives his heart,
you are believing a lie.
this person’s r religion is worthless.
You are not doing right by God, in fact your efforts are worthless.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
On the other hand, you can always trust this to be untainted and pleasing to God the Father:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and
when you show care for the [most vulnerable], like orphans and widows in their distress, and
u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
when you do not partake in the sin that is so prevalent around you, [which most assuredly includes the disregard of the needs of the most vulnerable in our world].
"... but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct..." (1 Peter 1:15, 16). To live holy (and indeed, to stand before God as holy) is only possible if Christ is within. When we desire what Jesus desired and display his heart by our actions, we evidence Christ within us.
Why are our God-within-us works so pleasing to Him? Since "... it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure" (Phil 2:13), our acts of compassion and striving for purity reflect God's work in our lives and so He must get the credit and the praise. "... L et your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Mt. 5:16)
James on the tongue: " Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? " (3:6) Recall Luke 6:45b "...Out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks. " Our speech reflects what (and Who) is within.