Hearing and Doing

For days now we have looked at different truths from the Bible talking about how we should live life. We even looked a little bit at why we should adopt these truths into our lives.  Today I read a passage that applies to all the things we have been looking at.

 James 1 :22 – 25 says, Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 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 the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

As you can see this passage is not very difficult, but it is very applicable.  One of my friends at work reminds me each day to do just this in a fun and loving way.  If I get flustered or start complaining (remember I am a complainer but I’m working on it) she refers back to the posts I have written about those things and reminds me that we are working on it.  We laugh and it is fun but I am thankful for her because she is helping me do exactly what this passage says.  It is not enough for us to read scripture and talk about it every day, we must apply it to our lives and do it.  Sometimes we look at what the Bible says as a burden or another thing we have to do or change.  However, scripture says that we are blessed in what we do when we learn what the bible says and do it.  It is clear why, if the bible really is God’s word and shows us who God is, how to be like him, and how to make right decisions, then when we do what it says we will be doing the right thing and life will be better.  It makes sense doesn’t it?  So lets all keep at it and see if when we do what the bible says our life gets blessed as a result.

This is short post, after all every now and then ministers give short sermons. Right?  Tomorrow will be an exciting devotional, I will be talking about how God actually believes in us.  By the way if anyone has any topics they would like me to discuss then leave me a comment or send me an email, you can comment without leaving your name so no one ever has to know it was YOU.

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  1. June 16, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks Jason for taking time for so many people posting these thought provoking devotionals.

    Have a great week end!

    Lisa 🙂

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