Friday, December 11, 2009

Pure Religion

There's a lot on my heart, and subsequently also on the tip of my tongue. The danger of imperfect, human articulation of any point of truth or revelation is misinterpretation, which can lead to a total defeat of the honest intention and pure religion behind sharing to begin with. Truth is always relevant. Yet, this is a truth many a people have been victimized by, and a fear many a noble and mighty person has cowered behind. Rather than addressing either, or even sharing my own devotion on the subjet, I post a pericope of Scripture that speaks clearly today. As someone once said, 'Scripture can shed a lot of light on those commentaries.'

Enjoy James' writings from the first inspired chapter (vs 12-27).

12: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15: Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16: Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
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.
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.
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.

During this Christmas season, let us not 'err' in being lead away of carnal desires that result in enmity with Christ. Instead, let's participate in 'pure religion' by not just being hearers of the Word, but doers also who manifest truth. Let us not only represent Christ (inwardly as a prerequisite, outwardly as a product), but also present the Spirit of Christ to the world (in conduct) as a witness of what Christ can do within and without. May God help us all - and Joy to the world!

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