Real religion

I was catching up on some email today when I landed on these verses in a devotional sent by a friend:

“Dear friends do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say ‘Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!’ and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup-where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God- talk with out God-acts is outrageous nonsense?”
James 2:16-17

and this…

“Anyone who sets himself up as ‘religious’ by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and the loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption form the sinless world.
James 1:26-27 (The Message)

No big point really needs to be made. Each chunk of wisdom is an awesome challenge. How can I live this out today?

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