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.My words--and my heart--have gotten sloppy* lately, and these truths permeated me in a tender area. Getting angry does not produce righteousness, and if my tongue is spouting off, my religion is worthless. Ouch! I am striving to humbly accept these words planted in me that can SAVE me.
God has saved my life in many ways, and I am so grateful for His daily grace and peace. You may remember the story I shared of being rescued from a sinking boat. I believe God saved my life that day. You may not know the story that I had major complications after Natalie was born and was in an urgent care situation. Again, God spared my life. Those are more dramatic examples, but God truly is my Lifesaver, and I am so grateful for all He has done for me!
*When I am really wrestling with my sinfulness, which is often, I am moved to tears by this song.