James 1:26-27 ESV
26 If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless. 27 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.
Main point summary
False religion reveals itself through the words of a deceived heart, being out of line with God, for "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." True religion on the other hand is pure like God from whom it comes: caring for the needy (as God does for us all) and adhering to his standard of purity.
If anyone thinks he is religious
If someone thinks he is religious
q and does not bridle his tongue
yet hasn't control over what he says
but deceives his heart,
thereby deceiving himself-
this person’s r religion is worthless.
-his religion is false-incongruent with religion's source.
Religion that is pure
On the otherhand, true religion,
being pure in nature,
before God, the Father, is this:
originating with and like , God, is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
acting as God himself acts , by caring for the needs of those who can't care for themselves,
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
as well as being as God is : that is, remaining pure by modeling yourself after God's purity and not our generation.
Devotional Meditations Luke 6:45 states the following: 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Although this can obviously be true of someone who knowingly practices evil and has no inclination of obedience towards God, it is also possible for this to be true of someone who believes they are walking in obedience. We see this in James 1:26 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart , this person’s religion is worthless. The state of a person's heart is mysterious and in many ways hides itself from themselves. This is evidence of its deceitful and evil nature. We see this in Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things , and desperately wicked: who can know it? Yet if we look back at James 1:26, as well as Luke 6:45, we see the words someone speaks having the potential to reveal the true intents of the person and the true state of their heart and being, putting on display the presence of false religion as spoke of in verse 26 or even true religion, as described in verse 27. True religion is in step with the God of true religion, as described in verse 27 James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. In the above verse we see two aspects that are true about God and also true religion, which comes from God: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. In this world, we are all in total need. Everything belongs to God and he gives out of his abundance, causing rain on the just and unjust. True religion demonstrates God's own character when it displays itself by helping those in total need. Also, God is pure and undefiled. In him is light and no darkness. So where false religion exposes itself through speech that is incongruent with God's nature, so also true religion demostrates itself through action which is congruent with God's nature.