Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
“ Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil,
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Aleph. How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the Lord.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.
“Did not He who made me in the womb make him, And the same one fashion us in the womb?
A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.
Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, And the orphan who had no helper.
“Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke?
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.
But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.