Most of us who follow Jesus and profess a faith in Him and commitment to walk in truth can be very judgmental of others who allow themselves to be overcome by some sin. We are quick to quote verses that expose the errors of others.
Those same Scriptures should be as quickly applied to ourselves with all their authority and conviction as we wish on others. James makes the point by saying, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like” (James 1:22–24). James uses the analogy of the mirror to refer to God’s Word. As I read it with the teaching and understanding of the Holy Spirit, it exposes my own heart and reveals things that are inconsistent with it, urging me to submit my will to its authority.
The beauty of this analogy is that James ends this section with, “But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty [see Galatians 5:1], and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing” (James 1:25). The mirror should reinforce what needs adjusting so my life comes into alignment with the Word of God because it has authority over my life! Through this process, my life speaks to others without saying a word.
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