James Chapter 1:26-27
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Brothers, we are taught in this the first chapter of the book of James. That pure religion and undefiled before God the Father is to visit the fatherless and the widows.
We are also told to keep ourselves unspotted from the world.
He goes on to tell us that we are to bridle our tongues. He says that if any man seem to be religious and does not bridle his own tongue then this man's religion is vain.
In other words he is walking through this life saying what ever he pleases without regard to God's holy word.
When you read this 1st chapter of James you see that he is teaching us to walk with God. If we do not take charge of our tongues then we are walking as the world walks, and even following after the worlds ways, and not Gods ways.
Verse 19 says;
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Brothers, we as children of God are to be swift to hear, but slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
We are not to speak as the world speaks in wrath and anger at the things that someone might do to us or say about us.
We are God's children not the worlds children. For we have been bought with a price. Jesus has grafted us into the vine of holiness.
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Brothers we are not to hear the words of God only, but rather are to both hear and do his word. He says in verse 22 above that we are not to be hearers only. That if we only hear his word and do not do his word then we are deceiving our own selves. Indeed our religion is in vain.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Brothers we are to do His work here on this earth. If we both hear and do his work then are we being made perfect in Jesus' image.
This is what God expects from those of us who have believed his word.
We are indeed to hear and do his word. We are no longer to walk through this life in the flesh as the lost world walks in the flesh.
No brothers, we are to both hear God's word, and are to do His word.
God bless you my brothers;
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