The Mirror: God’s Word

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:23-25

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These verses warn us that we deceive ourselves when we hear the word of God without properly responding. If I look into a mirror, but then choose to ignore my unkempt reflection, the mirror has not benefited me.

According to James, if we hear the word of God, or read the word of God, without putting it into action, we are deceiving ourselves. It is like looking in a mirror to find that we have a smudge on our face, our hair is messed up, and we have bits of food particle stuck in our teeth, and then walking away without doing anything about it. James’ point is not about physical appearance, it is about the heart.

Mirrors are very honest things. They do not compromise. They don’t gloss over our defects and tell us we are better-looking than we really are. The mirror never lies. It always tells the truth. When you look into a mirror, you see a reflection of yourself, you see yourself as you really are with all its blemishes and imperfections. They show us every wart, wrinkle, gray hair, dark spots and pimple.

The Bible is a mirror we can look into to see where there’s a smudge on our heart, and to see how God wants us to enact the word in the world. The Bible is not a searchlight that reveals other people’s shortcomings; it is a mirror that reveals our own. It summons us to a higher level of living.

If we are to use God’s mirror profitably, then we must look into it carefully and with serious intent. Don’t treat it casually. When you read the word, you must examine your own heart and life in the light of God’s word. This requires time, attention, and sincere devotion. No quick glances will do. Two or five minutes with God each day will never accomplish a deep spiritual examination. We must stare intently into the mirror and discover our dark spots! If God’s Word is to have an effect on us, we need to read it regularly, in addition to reading the word, it is important for us to meditate on what we read. Only then will we be able to make the best personal application of its timeless wisdom.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8

We must look but then not only that, we need to respond to what we see. I mean what good is it if I look in the mirror, see an ugly smudge on my face and turn around and leave it there? Will it improve my appearance? NO! But if I take action and clean it off, then the mirror has actually been a help to me, it is the same principle with the word of God, if you look away when the Lord is showing you your shortcomings and you turn away and ignore what you see, then it means nothing. The word of God has the power to change us from the inside out. The more we study it, meditate it and apply it, the more it transform our lives into the image of Jesus Christ.

It is stated in Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Proverbs 4:20-23 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

When the word of God reflects that something about our life is out of place and not pleasing to the Lord, then we must prayerfully take action to change. May our life increasingly prove that we are a doer of the word of God.

9 thoughts on “The Mirror: God’s Word

  1. Dawn

    Thanks Fay! God’s Word let’s us know right from wrong and I ask Him to show me through His Spirit and His Word areas where I need to change. I’m thankful He loves us so He wants us to grow and get better 🌼

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  2. Vincent Martin

    Profound!
    Thx for posting.
    This is surely a self discipline to find the God within me. The way, the truth and the life-this is God to me. My spiritual focus is no longer to speak about God, it is sharing God’s truth and my honesty with humanity. You shall know them by what they say and what they do.
    God bless your life of sharing!

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