Devotions for October 5, 2017

JAMES 1:19-27

Listening and Doing
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger[a] does not produce the righteousness[b] God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

REVERENCE IN RELATIONSHIP

Ever said something that you wish you could immediately take back? Controlling our tongues is one of the most challenging things in life, but is possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we grow in our relationship with Jesus, He will enable us to live in obedience to His commands.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does verse 19 urge us to do?

Q: In what ways do what you say and what you do not match up? Do you practice what you preach?

Q: How can you advocate for the poor and oppressed near you? Consider the A21 Walk for Freedom, Metropolitan Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, etc.

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