Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. – James 1: 21
In today’s time and age, it’s a personal choice of most people to be immoral. But, the word of God clearly instructs us to get rid of all moral filth and the evil that’s so prevalent – trends that are acceptable by the world, but detestable in God’s sight. Then it asks to ‘humbly accept the word planted in you’ – the command to live a holy life.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. – 22
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. – 25
Our obedience pleases God and He rewards us in whatever we do. It says that the ‘perfect law’ gives freedom, and not bondage as some perceive. The laws and commands of our God are not burdensome – they are not meant to steal our happiness. They are meant to set us free from the bondage of sins – they are meant to give us eternal peace and joy.
Religion that God our 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. – 27
WHAT IS RELIGION FOR GOD?
– To look after orphans and widows in their distress, which pretty much means taking care of anyone in need.
– To keep oneself from being polluted by the world. Now what do you understand by this? How to keep yourself from being polluted by the world? By obeying the word of God.