Today's Verse: James 1:27

Friday, April 28, 2023

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.
— James 1:27
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Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Yesterday James reminded us how important our "talk" is. Today he reminds us about the importance of our "walk": we are called to talk and walk honorably before God! True religion is not all talk. We must live and love as Jesus Christ did. God has always called his people to care for the widow and the fatherless, and he challenges us to offer genuine help to others who are forgotten, overlooked, and find themselves as outsiders (Deuteronomy 15:1-18). As Jesus' followers, we must care for others while keeping ourselves holy to God. James, the half-brother of Jesus, wants us to know that this is what "Christyle-living" is all about!

My Prayer...

Loving God, give me eyes to see the people that need your blessing. Please lead me to the folks in our church and the people in my neighborhood, work, and school who feel forgotten and overlooked. Help me not only to see them but also include them so they can know your love for them! In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of James 1:27 — 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.

About This Devotional

Today's Verse is a free daily devotional that includes a Bible verse, thought and prayer.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.