THEME: GOD and gods
“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 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.”
-Religion is a complex subject and touches on our being and the world around us. Scholars from a variety of religious and social disciplines have strived to classify religions as:- polytheism which is the worship of multiple gods, monotheism – the worship of one God or god, atheism – believe in no deities, animism – worship of nature like plants, animals and the natural environment, totemism where human beings and nature are believed to connect. These religions have been founded on the premise where people attempt to search for explanations to seek for the creation of the universe, purpose of man and relationships with the deity or higher power, how to live and behave, how to treat one another and interact with society to the values, laws, and beliefs that govern us etc. These values then find ones faith with relation to spirituality and moral laws. Some of these religious beliefs are not founded on the truth which is the word of God and Christ Himself. Some of these religious groups practice the work of helps where they entreat the less fortunate as describes in the main scripture, and forget to seek Christ’s guidance. According to these exhortations by James, we are called to respond to the needs of the widows and orphans, bridle our tongues and remain unpolluted from the world. To effectively achieve this, we need Christ and the Holy Spirit in our lives, to guide us into all truth, as we worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Lord You are good and Your mercies endures forever. You are faithful and loving dear Jesus, we exult Your holy name. Thank You for this far that You have brought us and the far that You are taking us. Thank You for the good plans You have for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. Thank You for loving us even when we were lost, that You sacrificed You life for us. Thank You dear Jesus for You are so faithful to us even when we become faithless, increase our faith in You we humbly ask You. Open the eyes of our hearts that we may see You for who You are. Open the eyes of our understanding and all the religions of the world that only You may be worshipped and praised. Grant the gift of salvation merciful Savior to all the peoples and nations. Teach us to bridle our tongues and to remain undefiled from the world. Grant us compassion that we may reach the orphans and widows, and all those who are in need for the glory and honor of Your name Jesus. Not for our own glory, but for Your glory Jesus. Grant that all creation will praise You and worship You. May You merciful Savior touch all those who are bereaved, sick and suffering. Remember all those are living in the streets that You may settle them in schools, homes, jobs, families and answer their hearts desires. We worship You Jesus and praise Your holy name. All glory, honor, power and praise belongs to You Jesus, now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Matthew 25:31-46, John 10:7
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