Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 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.
My first thought when it came to writing on these verses was that this would be a very easy post… and then I started thinking about it. The “catch” here is the part about keeping a “tight rein” on the tongue. My first thought was to go off on people within the church who abuse their positions of authority to say hurtful and ugly things to people from a position of self-righteousness. Of course it occurred to me that having a tight rein on the tongue probably applies to the keyboard as well. OK…
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