James says that if we are hearers of God’s Word but not doers of the Word, we are like people who look in the mirror and then walk away, forgetting about the issues that need to be addressed…
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:25)
There are many books in this world. Some are informative, some are inspiring, and some are entertaining. But the Bible demands action!
A history book tells you stories, but it doesn’t ask you to do anything. A cook book gives you recipes, but it doesn’t demand that you cook. The Bible gives you commands, and it commands you to obey.
James describes God’s Word as “the perfect law, the law of liberty.” (In the NIV, it’s worded “the perfect law that gives freedom.”) We often think of laws as things that restrict our freedom. Many laws do restrict our freedom, because they are made by imperfect men & women. But good laws actually enhance our freedom. For example, consider the traffic laws – (the rules of the road). Those laws give me the freedom to drive. I would not venture out on public roads without them.
God’s Word is not just a good law – it is the perfect law that gives freedom. It is there for our health and benefit. It gives us the freedom to truly enjoy life.
Today’s Good News is that God’s Word is the perfect law of liberty. True freedom is enjoyed when we are doers of the Word, and not hearers only.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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