Main point summary
By the power of the Spirit, clean out your heart and make room for the Word, taking great care to obey what it is that the Spirit is depositing, specifically in the areas of mercy and holiness.
g Know this, my beloved brothers:
let every person h be quick to hear,
i slow to speak,
j slow to anger;
for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Therefore k put away all filthiness
and rampant wickedness
and receive with l meekness the implanted word,
m which is able to save your souls.
But be n doers of the word,
and not hearers only,
For if anyone is a hearer of the word
and not a doer,
he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.
For he looks at himself
and goes away
and at once forgets what he was like.
But the one who looks into the perfect law, o the law of liberty,
being no hearer who forgets
but a doer who acts,
p he will be blessed in his doing.
If anyone thinks he is religious
q and does not bridle his tongue
but deceives his heart,
this person’s r religion is worthless.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.