22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23 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.24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. - James 1:22-24
We are to be doers of the Word, not just hearers. When God commands us to do something, we are to do it. The problem is our hearts are deceptive, and we live in a world so contradictory to what scripture teaches us, that sometimes we get fuzzy on what scripture tells us to do. It is essential to our faith to be in the Word daily, looking for where our behavior or our thoughts don’t line up with His commands, then we should be working to change that.
God tells us we should be storing His Word in our heart, then we should be memorizing scripture. God tells us we should not neglect meeting together, then we should be at small group. God tells us we should humbly submit to authority and our husbands, then we should respectfully fall under their leadership. Far too often, we hear His commands, but we make excuses in our lives for why we don’t have to do His commands.
Just as a man who looks quickly in the mirror and forgets what he sees, hearers of the word take a quick glance, but they don’t do anything about what they see. Obedience in application should always be the ultimate goal of any bible study. Simply reading scripture does not save our souls, but working to love out the truths we learn brings us eternal blessings.
Lean into what He says - even when it’s hard, and prove yourselves to be doers of the Word.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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