Our scripture this morning is James 1:25-27.

But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out – he will be blessed in what he does. If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue, and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

God has given us His will in His word. Scripture is God’s message of love and hope sent to us through inspired writers over the centuries. James tells us if we live out God’s law we will be blessed in what we do.

Doing God’s will means knowing His word. How can we know what God intends for us if we don’t read and listen? Even then, James warns we “must not become a forgetful listener”, that we must do more than that. We are called to act in the name of Jesus to share God’s love.

Each of us are differently gifted and God has a unique purpose for everyone. James instructs us to look to the needs of those around us. Perhaps we can’t solve all the world’s problems but everyone can do something. Ask God to point you in the right direction and go make a difference!

Gracious God, You have called us to share the Gospel with the world. Make us strong in faith and love to reach out to all Your children. Amen.

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