Friday, May 29, 2009

James 1:27

"This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." (NASB)


"This is pure (katharos: no uncleanness, free from corrupt desire, sin and guilt) and undefiled (amiantos: unsoiled, free from that by which the nature of a thing is deformed) religion (threskeia: worship, religious discipline) in the sight of (para: before, near, beside) our God and Father: to visit (episkeptomai: to look after, have care for, provide for) orphans (orphanos: fatherless, those without a teacher, guide, guardian) and widows (chera: deficient ones) in their distress (thlipsis: affliction, trouble, anguish, persecution, burden), and to keep oneself unstained (aspilos: unspotted, spotless, irreproachable) by the world (kosmos: the ungodly multitude; whole mass of men alienated from God and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ)."


This is uncorrupted and undefiled religious worship in the sight of our God and Father; to care for the fatherless and widows in their distress and affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world that is alientated from God.


Widows have no husband. Christ is our Husband. Orphans have no father. God is our Father. True religion, true worship is sharing our LORD with others who know Him not. Today, share the love you have been given with someone else who is in need of a Husband, a Father, a Saviour.

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