"But be doers of the word," James says in 1:22. If you think about it, that is an interesting phrase. What is the word that James is speaking of? How can one "do" a "word?" What do you think that means?
At the heart of the gospel is to love and help our neighbors. When we act, others are helped and we are blessed in the doing (James 1:25). Think of a time when you had the chance to help a neighbor in need. What did you do? How did it make you feel?
Shane Claiborne writes, "One of the great travesties is that we have turned Christianity into a doctrinal statement, because doctrines are hard to things to love, even if they are true." How have you seen this happen in our world today?
At the heart of this passage from James is congruity--the desire for the things inside of you to be consistent with the outcomes in your life. Where in your life do you feel the most congruent? Where your outsides and insides match up? Where are you in need of growth? If "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress...", what can you be doing today to live into that call by God?
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