“True Religion” ( Isaiah 1: 17, NIV ) by Carley Evans

Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 8:14pm

“Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”

I personally love the positive nature of “true religion.” True religion seeks justice, encourages the oppressed, defends orphans, pleads for widows. “True religion” seeks “to do right.” “Against such things there is no law,” says Paul. (Galatians 5:23)

James tells us, “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) Paul puts it succinctly,”The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6)

And Jesus reminds us, “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:46-48)

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