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Primacy of Pure Religion by Pastor W.F Kumuyi

HIGHER EVERYDAY

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

PRIMACY OF PURE RELIGION

BIBLE TEXT: JAMES 1:23-27

MEMORY VERSE: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (JAMES 1:27).

In the words of Albert Schweitzer, “Any religion or philosophy which is not based on a respect for life is not a true religion or philosophy.” The religion which pleases God is one that is faultless and pays attention to people in distress in our society. To ensure that their religion is not worthless but acceptable to God, believers must tightly bridle their tongues so as not to deceive themselves and others (James 1:26). No matter how many Christian activities you engage in, if you tell lies, speak unkindly, gossip and slander others or profane God’s name, then your religion is empty and vain. As a genuine child of God, it is of prime interest for you to keep your tongue under control (Psalm 34:12-13).

God wants you to take care of those in distress, keep yourself from the pollution of the world, take care of the less privileged, and strive for personal purity and growth. Although the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind cannot repay you, you will be blessed and repaid at the resurrection of the righteous (Luke 14:13, 14).

QUOTE: Strive for personal purity and growth.

CHALLENGE: How faultless is the religion you practice?

PRAYER: Gracious God, let me not profane your name.

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