Thursday 16 April, 2015

James 1:26-27

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

How should I define my “religion”? What are the things I do under the heading of my religion? I go to church, I pray, I sing songs to God, I try to help people know Jesus as best I can. All good things.

But what does God want?

Do I keep a tight reign on my tongue? Not just swearing but gossip and exaggeration. Do I break my routine to care for the broken hearted who have lost a spouse either through death or divorce? (That’s who a widow is).  Have I opened my heart and home to kids that don’t have parents either through death or they are just absent? (That’s who orphans are). Have I, with complete conviction, refused to let my life become corrupted by the evil world around me? That’s the “religion” that God really wants.

Lord Jesus forgive me please of defining the actions of my faith by my culture or even by what I think you might want. Help me now pursue holiness and helping those who really need it.   Amen

Written by Boudy Van Noppen

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