“Religion that our God and 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.”
I know you’re probably thinking, is it really that simple? That if we show compassion for people in need, and keep ourselves walking with God and doing what is good, that’s all we need to do?
Well in a way, yes. Notice James uses the word “religion” instead of faith. Our religion needs to focus on these two areas.
You know what these two areas remind of? – the Two Greatest Commandments, according to the Messiah, are to love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves.
You see, if you love God you won’t want to be polluted. Now I know we each have a different standard on this and that’s ok. But let me give you an example.
Many of us watch movies, and I happen to like science fiction. It’s great adventure, but it’s pretend. When there’s cruelty though, I will sometimes fast forward, regardless of what kind of movie it is. I do not like violence.
And as far as compassion, if we treated our neighbor as ourselves, we would make sure they have enough food to eat, a decent place to live, and even medical care! In other words, anything that we would do to take care of ourselves, we should help others to do, if they are unable.
Lord God thank you for working in our lives. Help us to love You, and to love those in need! Make us into the people you want us to be. Amen.
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quote from the NIV Bible