September 16th, 2019
Seem to be Religious
James 1:26-27 (KJB) 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.
Did you know that there is a sincere test to prove a profession of faith is genuine and that not every profession faith uttered in this world is real? See, your inner heart condition must align with your soul, your mind, and be obvious in your action as you sojourn in this world for revealing the pristine character of God at work in your life.
James penned these verses in the first chapter of the book of James for us to consider about the frankness of true Christian living. You see it is simple and often painless to profess a personal relationship with Christ loosely, but it certainly requires effort to prove the true nature of our words in our day to day living. You see, words falling off our tongue can be cheap. Professions made about a personal relationship with God can be based on nothing more than stirred emotions or in leaning on a recited prayer about God rather than resting on true faith in the finished work of God’s Only Son upon Calvary.
Ultimately only God can tell the difference between sincere professions of faith from those who claim to know Him.
Seeming to be religious is one thing, having a genuinely unspotted relationship with God is quite another. A personal relationship with Christ has nothing to do with our own merit, works, or acts. However, a sincere child of God will be under control of God’s Spirit, choose words wisely, act spiritually appropriate, and have a sincere and spiritually eternal healthy heart.