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.  NIV
Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us. NLT
Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.  The Message
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.  NKJV

9 responses to “James 1:27

  1. even though some of us aren’t in the situation where a father figure or a mother is missing in our lives it doesn’t mean we abandon those that are in that situation and even widows dont forget them either becuz even though we have something they dont we have something they need and its LOVE. now i hope i’m on the right track but if i’m not……can someone explain it to me? lol!!!

  2. Have you ever heard the term idle hands? Nothing good comes from boredom. It’s said that idle hands are the devil’s workshop, an old saying dating at least as far back as Chaucer in the twelfth century who called idle hands the devil’s tools. How many times have I heard the youth say there is NOTHING to do in Jacksonville. Well did you ever stop to think maybe your just not doing the things God has planned for you. If you listen to God, if you put Him first, I can guarantee you’ll always be busy. The problem is we fail to do the things we are made to do. We would rather take the easy route and say we are bored ….there’s nothing to do….this town stinks! Than actually doing God’s work (examples: looking after the orphans and widows, witnessing, showing God’s love to those who have never experienced it, sacrificing our time for others) I love each and every one of you dearly…and do not think that I do not fall short …but as a youth ministry we are so spoiled!!!!! We take for granted everything! We don’t even clean up after ourselves when we have fun nights. We have a big beautiful building ….but there is no sound of rejoicing there is no worship from our mouths! Who told us that we were worth what God has given us? We are NOT! Until we become humble servants of God we will never reach our potential as a youth ministry. There comes a point when we have to step up to the plate. We might strike out, but at least we tried! And I’ll tell you a secret… any time you step up to the plate with God by your side your going to hit it out of the park….until then your just a bench warmer. It is your choice, you must decide, I feel like we have been screaming this message at the top of our lungs for 3 years!!!! Is there anybody out there?

  3. im not sure if im just reading this wrong or something but i just cant seem to grip what this is saying completely and im kinda confused

  4. The first part simply means a relationship with Jesus Christ that is real and sincere, its not a game that you play, a habit that you have established or a way of doing things…It is something that you desperately desire and pursue. James then goes to show how your faith is real, pure, no hidden motives…He says take care of those that are less fortunate than you…The widows…Mow, rake leaves, pick up trash for those in your “hood” that are elderly, BUY CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THOSE THAT MAY NOT NECESSARILY HAVE CHRISTMAS AKA PLAZA MANOR!!!!!!!!! When there is a true sincere love for God you life reflects that…John 11:35- The world will know you are my disciples by the love that you have for each other….
    Final part is keeping ourselves from doing what the world does…The world desires power, wealth, prestige but Christ was meek, humble and low on the totem pole…We need to not bring attention to ourselves, but be humble in serving God

  5. Lala, Tay Tay, and Squirt: First, a big shout out “Booyah” and thanks for coming around. But WhiteChristmas ain’t pulling no punches. Tell me the name of the commentary that you went to at http://www.crosswalk.com to study this verse out a little deeper. Your crawling, that’s good, but you gotta work at walking and running.

    We just got done talking in the last two verses about examining ourselves by SCripture and in verse 26 about people who seem to be religious versus people who really are on fire. Well, here James goes a step further. He says: “I’ll tell you how you know who is for real and who is for show”. Take care of those with no fathers and those with no husbands. Those in the church and community who are hurting in life and in emotion. James says that these are deeds that will be seen by God and approved. God is the one who can judge our actions and our motives. It is easy to have corrupt motivation when you get praised for being on the worship team, singing, preaching, or being in charge of a ministry. But when you hug a little kid who doesn’t know who his dad is and let him cry on you and get his tears and snot on your shirt, and then hand him a gift and say Merry Christmas, THAT is true religion. If you truly love God, then you will truly love the saints and the less fortunate. When you take 10 minutes to sit with an old person at the rest home and listen to them ramble about their past, that is love and ministry. You might as well be dancing at the throne of God because you are showing your true religion.

    The end of the verses is a natural consequence of the beginning. If you spend your time practicing true religion by loving others, you won’t have to be worried about becoming soiled and spotted by the world. Your time and heart will be devoted by ministry and you won’t feel the pull of the world. If you battle with temptation all the time from the world, maybe it is because you are trying to live right on the other side of the fence. Walk away from the world and walk toward true religion and I guarentee the pull of the world will drastically lessen.

    GOOOOOTT Gracious. GOd blew up in my mind tonight. I went on a visit to a fatherless kid tonight in my brother in law’s youth group with my brother in law Rob. This verse was so immediately real to me when I sat down tonight because God taught me all these thoughts in the natural tonight with Rob. Minister to others, it is God’s way to teach you through practical illustrations.

  6. I know for a fact that when you are involved in ministering to people who are less fortunate than you are, when you put yourself aside and concentrate on helping others, when you sacrifice yourself–then you will really know that you are making a difference, that you can be used, that God has a purpose for you. I think many of you are waiting to be a REAL christian until some as-yet-unspecified time in your future, when you’re older. But God has plans and purposes for you NOW. He does not want you to wait until you “grow up”–He wants to use you now, when you are young. Dan and Ryan felt this I know on their mission trips–the pushing through, the utter selflessness, the setting aside of personal feelings to share the love of Jesus with those who had never had(and never will) what we have. and I know they felt too the wonder of seeing people come to Christ and be granted hope and redeeming love in a world where there had been none. I encourage all of you to find opportunities to serve others, for this is a way in which we can be like Christ that most of us do not really think about.

  7. I lead a Single Mom’s ministry the name of it is; James 1:27 Ministries. WhiteCHristmas, who are you? God has a call on your life for this ministry to the fatherless, I would like to talk to you more about this.
    God bless you all!

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