SUNDAY SERMON ON THE BLOG – PURE RELIGION!
Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. - Psalm 68:4-5. TNIV
Every time I read the above scripture, I can't help but think of what James, the brother of Jesus said: 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.
The principles which James specifies are:
(1) That pure religion will lead to a life of practical kindness;
(2) That it will keep us unpolluted from the world.
If these things are found, they show that there is true Godliness. If they are not, there is none.
Without a doubt, Jesus showed clearly, that this was the Father's heart in His ministry. Now it is up to us to continue it!
Loving Heavenly Father, may my life, my compassion, and my ministry reflect your heart for those who need care and protection and love. By the power of the Holy Spirit, give me eyes to see this need more clearly, and a heart to respond more positively, so that your love may be demonstrated through me. I ask this in the wonderful and mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen.