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Listening and Doing

“ . . . Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you which can save you.”

 Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.

 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 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 1:19-27

 We tend to want to read someone else’s view of Scripture instead of opening our bibles and reading it ourselves. God’s Word is intended to be read, listened to and acted upon by each of us.  The “Word” is planted in us.  We recognize God when we read what is already planted in us.

So read, listen and do. Remember what is an acceptable “religion” to God – to care for those in need.  Don’t complicate your “religious” life by adding to or misinterpreting what “religion” is.

Remember, Jesus promised, “. . . my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30.

My prayer for us this week is that we consciously take time to listen, hold our tongue, and help those who God has placed in our paths. May we know that “peace that surpasses all understanding”.

R.H. Loy

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