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March 10, 2013 Speaker: Series: Scandal

Passage: James 1:13–1:27

James 1:13-27

[13] When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;

[14] but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.

[15] Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

[16] Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.

[17] Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

[18] He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. [19] My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

[20] for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

[21] Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

[22] Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

[23] Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror

[24] and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

[25] But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.

[26] If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

[27] 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.

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