What you say and do says a lot about you and your faith.
Published October 16th, 2017
Main point summary
True religion before God is accompanied by action, namely to care for the needy and to not conform to this world.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If anyone considers themselves to be religious
q and does not bridle his tongue
and at the same time does not control what they say
but deceives his heart,
but lies to themselves
this person’s r religion is worthless.
then that person's religion is of no value
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
In other words , true religion in the sight of God the Father is this
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
(1) to care for those in need in their pain and suffering
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and (2) to not conform to this world
What you say and do says a lot about you and your faith. One of the major themes of James is that faith without works is dead (James 2:26). We are justified by faith in Christ alone for our salvation. However, that faith is not alone, it is accompanied by works. Just like the religion of a person who does not bridle their tongue is worthless (James 1:26), so too faith without action is worthless. The evidence of our faith is seen by others in the things we say and in the things we do. It is our faith that produces obedience and that obedience makes us doers of the word and not just hearers (James 1:22). James describes this obedience as religion that is pure and undefiled before God (James 1:27) and gives us three characteristics of someone who is a doer: Bridles their tongue and avoids self-deception Shows compassion to those who are in need and are suffering Remains unstained from the world God calls us to live in faith and obedience to Him. If we say that we are Christians, that is we have faith, and do not control our tongues from speaking evil (James 3:1-12;4:11-12) or do not help those who are suffering in need (James 2:14-17) or do not keep ourselves unstained from the world (James 4:1-12) then we are guilty of hypocrisy and our faith is as nothing before God and others. Let me say it another way, when we, who have faith in Christ, do what the word says, reveal Christ to others through our actions and demonstrate that our faith is genuine, all of which is pleasing to God and gives Him the glory. So, what do the things you say and do say about you and your faith?