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The second subject James deals with is what pure religion or pure faith ought to look like.Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.(James 1:16-27)God is not to be regarded as the one who causes our problems, but He is the source of all that is good. AND, He has brought us (believers in Messiah Jesus) forth by the word of truth so that we might be an example among what He has created. Now James sets forth what kind of truth we are to follow. 

Although religion is not a wonderful term today, James is using this term to describe “people of faith”. He lists four basic elements of pure faith (religion), because people of faith are people of God’s truth. 

FIRST: Prepare yourselves to receive the word of God’s truth. Thisyou know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speakandslow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and allthat remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:19-21) 

Did you get this? Be quick to hear.Be slow to speak.Be slow to anger-(the anger of man doesn’t achieve the righteousness of God).Put aside all things that might distract you from receiving the truth of God.

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