Wayne Davies skriver en blog på sin webside, som han kalder God Wrote The Book.

I går, påskesøndag, den 27.03, 2016, læste jeg et af hans blogindlæg: Got Religion? How To Know From James 1:27.

Han indleder med denne test: “Do you engage in the following activities on a regular basis: prayer; Bible reading; church services in which you sing hymns, contribute financially, and take communion. If so, you are what the Bible calls “religious.”

Derefter går han videre og nævner Jakobs Brev 1:26-27:

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
James 1:26-27″

Jakob 1:26
“Den, der mener at dyrke Gud, men ikke tøjler sin tunge, fører sig selv bag lyset: hans gudsdyrkelse er intet værd.”
Jakob 1:27
“En ren og ægte gudsdyrkelse er, for Gud, vor Fader, at tage sig af faderløse og enker i deres nød og bevare sig selv uplettet for verden.”

Wayne gør opmærksom på, at Jakob faktisk fortæller os, hvad der er falsk og hvad der er ægte religion.

“James tells us, in no uncertain terms, how to evaluate your religion. He gives us three tests of true Christianity: 1) control of the tongue; 2) meeting the needs of the needy; and 3) moral purity.”

Yderligere drager Wayne 2 Korintherbrev 13:5 ind i sagen og råder os med Paulus ord igen til at undersøge os selv:

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”

2 Kor 13:5
“Ransag jer selv, om I er i troen! Prøv jer selv! Ved i ikke, at Jesus Kristus er i jer? Ellers står I ikke jeres prøve.”

Og han råder os til at stille os selv nogle ransagende spørgsmål:

“We should regularly take a spiritual inventory, asking ourselves questions like “How did I talk to people today? Did I make encouraging, uplifting comments, or was I mostly negative and critical? And how is my thought life? Did I have a day of lustful, greedy, prideful thinking, or was my mind focused on God’s Word throughout the day?”

“And how are you doing when it comes to meeting the needs of the needy? Are you personally involved in the lives of those less fortunate than yourself? Or have you created a lifestyle of comfort and ease that maintains a safe distance from people who have little if any hope to experience the kind of physical security you may take for granted?”

Disse sidste spørgsmål knytter Wayne til Mattæusevangeliet 25:31-36 Verdensdommen, hvor Jesus skiller fårene fra bukkene.

“These two groups are characterized by certain behaviors. The sheep exhibited compassion on the hungry (by feeding them), the thirsty (by giving them a drink), the stranger (by welcoming them), the naked (by clothing them), the prisoners (by coming to see them), and the sick (by visiting them).

In contrast, the goats did not do any of these acts of kindness, which Jesus summarizes with the word “minister“, which can also be translated as “take care of” or “serve”.

Jesus is saying that true believers meet the physical needs of the needy. We reach out to them and provide food, drink, clothing and a place to live. This, then, is the meaning of the word “visit” in James 1:27,”

Mattæus 25:40-41
“Alt, hvad I har gjort mod en af disse mine mindste brødre, har I gjort mod mig”
Mattæus 25:45-46
“Alt, hvad I ikke har gjort mod en af disse mindste, har I heller ikke gjort mod mig!”

Det var mange ting at tage i betragtning, hvis vi ønsker at kunne synge med Gianna Jessen: “It Is Well With My Soul”.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul.)

Refrain:
It is well, (it is well),
With my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

O Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so it is well with my soul.

Og hvad er så bedeemnet til dette indlæg?

At Gud vil velsigne Danmark på en sådan måde, at alle danskere og alle der kommer til vores land, af Ham lærer at elske af hele vores hjerte, hele vores sjæl og hele vores sind både Ham og også vores næste som os selv.
Mattæus 22:37-39

Så kan vi sammen synge “It is Well With My Soul”.

“We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit.” A.W. Tozer

Det citat har jeg fra Wayne Davies Twitter side.

Bøn for Danmark.

 

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