Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. — James 1:27 (KJV)
We are on the book of James today. The letter of James underlines that a person whose faith is ‘ALIVE’ will bear fruits (do good works) for God. In today’s verse, we learn about the kind of religion the Father accepts as pure and undefiled: Those who care for orphans and widows in their affliction.
Why does God have special compassion for these two groups of people? As we known, orphans and widows had very little means of economic support or emotional care. Unless a family member is willing to care for them, they are reduced to begging, selling themselves, starving, homeless, crime and worse. By caring for these powerless people, we are putting God’s teaching into practice. The Father honours it! God says, remain in his Love so that we are able to Love others as ourselves!
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.–John 14:18(NIV)
If you only have 24 hours left to live, what would you like to do? For me, I would like to spend the time with the ones I love, tell them how much I love them and the most important messages/things that I would like them to know. I guess most of us have similar answers. But still I would like to know: How about you?
If you don’t mind, I would like to share with you what Jesus has done when he has only 24 hours left to live. What did he do? Please watch the video below to found out:
So have you got the answer? Yes, he did the same as most of us would do, by sharing time and message with his beloved ones – 12 disciples 24 hours before his crucifixion. Today’s verse is taken from his last words.
There are three key factors in “I will not leave you as orphans”. It means 1) At the very beginning, we had a father- son relationship with God – we were not orphans 2) Later, the relationship was broken because of the fall of man – we became orphans 3) Jesus promised us that our sonship will be restored. – we will not leave as orphans. But how? The answer lies in the last part of the sentence: “I will come to you” Isn’t that great? God has promised that he would come to us through the sacrifice of Jesus, and this promise has been fulfilled. Therefore, we are no longer orphans, you are the heirs of God …
Then, what are you waiting for? The father is waiting for you to come home…
God loves you!