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:

“ visit....”

Go personally. Send yourself.

“...orphans and widows....”

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

“ their trouble....”

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

“ 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]