Listening and Doing

Listening and Doing

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 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.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 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
The book of James had really been burning in my mind and heart for the last year or more. Part of healing my spirit and re-aligning myself with God’s purpose for my life is to practice listening and doing. Listening to Truth, and acting on it, letting Truth and Love replace all fears and lies I have believed about myself, others, and this world! I need fresh perspective. Hope. Determination. I want to purify any religion in my life so that I am looking after those less fortunate and not letting the world pollute and corrupt me. We are called to be the light of the world, lamps in the darkness, to bring hope to the hopeless.
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8

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