But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it - not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it - they will be blessed in what they do.”. Let’s take the set of verses we just glanced over, James 1:19-20: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”  I will confess that anger and impatience is a weakness of mine and has been as long as I can remember. "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". Studying the Bible is an essential part of the Christian life. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. What’s the point of looking in the mirror in the first place? The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. Some of us - including me - learn best by watching somebody else. Q Christians must not only hear, but do. We think we will lose face - even if just in front of ourselves. “Some examples of this kind of mirrors have been found in Turkey dating back at least 6000 years,” Mirror History says. Contact me: openbibleinfo (at) gmail.com. This is why focusing on our self-image is so dangerous. This does not mean that an equal event of significance occurs in its AD counterpart. 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. If you haven’t committed your life to Christ, take a look in eternity’s mirror, which is the Bible. In full disclosure, I’ll share with you a personal example. Deep Dive DevotionalsBible Study Tips & TricksBible Study Guides. R “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! The world tries to tell you that God’s rules are restricting, but obeying God rather than being a slave to sin is actually freeing. Cover me with that only quilt of cover, the blood of Jesus. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version (© 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.). Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. G The history of black-white hostility in America may leave us with little optimism about healing. J Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. “Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, Strong as a molten mirror?” asks Elihu of his famously afflicted friend in Job 37:18. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. The health and restoration of your sin-sick, Narcissistic soul lies in looking to Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). You may be very surprised at the image you see staring back at you. Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative. Know that, just like a real mirror, a spiritual mirror can only reflect what is currently truly there. And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. All of us sinners are Narcissistic to some degree. H He wrote: Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. God promised that if the Hebrew people obeyed the Law they would be blessed, but if they disobeyed the Law they would be punished. But especially look through the window of God’s word so you can see Jesus. The key is to continue in His will - that means to not forget His word but rather implement it. .css-tadcwa:hover{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}John Burger - @media screen and (max-width:767px){.css-ij9gf6 .date-separator{display:none;}.css-ij9gf6 .date-updated{display:block;width:100%;}}published on 03/28/19. OpenBible.info The Symbolism associated with The Mirror has its roots in the very distant past. If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”, And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”, Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. That’s what I am inviting you to do today as I study through James 1:22-25: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Psalm 119:105 refers to the Bible as a “Lamp” unto our feet. (James 1:2-18). 1915. C But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. There have been years of taking this sin seriously but there have also been periods of giving up and basically saying, “I am an impatient person. Fallen, proud hearts turn just about everything into a mirror. When we close our Bible unfazed and move on with our day, we are not likely to revisit the issue. So the enchantment ends up being a Narcissistic obsession without changing our self-image into a thing of beauty, usually into the constantly changing, illusive images of what the world tells us is beautiful. L Book of Proverbs. K Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. ‣ So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. James begins by exhorting them to consider their current trial joy in light of how it can grow their faith. James doesn’t play around. We are designed to be satisfied with God’s glory (Romans 1:23). And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”. Thank you! For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. O A “natural” for this, which in fact didn’t need much polishing, is obsidian—black volcanic glass. Do what it says. Jesus Christ’s sacrifice paid our penalty for sins and sets us free from bondage to sin and guilt. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. General Editor. How is this person looking into God’s Word? Then we are truly free to obey God’s perfect and beneficial law of liberty through the help of God’s Holy Spirit. Beware of anyone who attempts to guide you in spiritual matters without providing Scriptural support. Geocoding ‣ Narcissus is a pagan parable of a real danger. And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. Intently! All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Salem Media Group. In the Bible, mirrors are referenced as early as the 8th century B.C. We are deceiving ourselves into thinking we are “good Christians” for having read the Bible today when, in fact, we are not living out our faith. Have you ever experienced that? And when we do God’s will… well, then God will bless us in it! We see ourselves wanting in comparison. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Do you want to learn how to study them well? Not true! When we look into a mirror most of us are not captivated by our beauty, we are condemned by our defects. You need to see Jesus and then bask in the amazing truth that the more you look to him and trust him, the more you will be conformed to his beautiful image (Romans 8:29) and that being in Christ you have received and will receive as a free gift (Romans 6:23) all that will make you most satisfied and most truly beautiful (Ephesians 1:3).