Keep Oneself Unspotted


“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”—James 1:27

Unpacking that verse:

“...to visit....”

Go personally. Send yourself.

“...orphans and widows....”

That is, the most vulnerable—the ones who are easily overlooked because their connections are gone.

“...in their trouble....”

See and appreciate their own personal struggles, not the ones we expect them to have.

“...to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

This last part follows from all of the above. If I am strong, then by carrying my strength to others, I can keep it from being covered over in callousness.

[31 Days of James]