My dear brothers and sisters, always be willing to listen and slow to speak. Do not become angry easily,
because anger will not help you live the right kind of life God wants.
So put out of your life every evil thing and every kind of wrong. Then in gentleness accept God's teaching that is planted in your hearts, which can save you.
Do what God's teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves.
Those who hear God's teaching and do nothing are like people who look at themselves in a mirror.
They see their faces and then go away and quickly forget what they looked like.
But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God's perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God's teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy.
People who think they are religious but say things they should not say are just fooling themselves. Their "religion" is worth nothing.
Religion that God accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help, and keeping yourself free from the world's evil influence.