If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue
but deceives his heart,
this person's religion is worthless.
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Websters 1828 definition of religion
James is not suggesting that we say nothing...
he mentions our hearts, and that they must be worthy.
He doesn't say we must stop our tongues.
He says we must bridle them, and a bridle controls, or steers...directs.
And, in order to direct our tongues, we must engage our thoughts,
and in order to engage our thoughts, we must understand where our hearts are.
Let's face it, we are crafty individuals, and are able to deceive our hearts
into believing a great many things that are not religious...that are worthless.
I know there are days I try and I try to justify or excuse my words
or my thoughts, or even my own heart on a subject.
I spin things every which way but loose trying to make things work my way...
But, in the end, I must fall to my knees, and direct my thoughts and steer my words
to the way that Jesus teaches.
Create in me a clean heart, Oh God
and renew a right spirit within me.