So Sunday night, one thing Josh talked about that really stuck out to me was when he talked about the looking in a mirror.
James 1:22-25 says:
“ But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 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. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 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.” ESV
He talked about how we go to church, take notes, and really know what the Bible says, but then we go out and our lives don’t reflect that. It’s like when we get up in the morning all nasty, hair a mess, make up from last night on, unshaved legs, and generally just gross, we look in the mirror, see what we look like, he even went so far as to say that we take notes on our appearance, and then head to work like that. That sounds just absolutely absurd. Who would see that nastiness and not do anything about it?
We stand in front of the mirror until our appearance gets better. Why isn’t it like that with our spiritual lives. We look at Jesus and see how gross our sin is compared to Him. We see what we need to change, we even take notes on what we need to change, and then we go out into the world like that. There is absolutely no change between what we hear in church or what we read in the Bible and when we leave that building or that time. There should be.
He also talked about that last verse, James 1:25.
Once again, it says:
“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.” ESV
When we think of a law, we think of restricting. Josh said that when he was younger, he used to think that basically the whole Bible could be summed up in one word, “NO!” That is how many people view it. They see Christianity as a list of rules. There are some things we aren’t supposed to do, but when you fall in love with your savior, you don’t want to do those things, because they aren’t glorifying. He talked about the freedom that is in the perfect law of God.
Freedom is defined as: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action by Merriam-Webster. If you think about it, there is freedom. He used cursing as an example. For most people, when they curse, they are doing it because they are angry. They are controlled by their anger, it constrains and coerces their actions. They decide things based on it. That is not freedom. That is restraint. The perfect law of God does bring freedom.
Do you see the freedom in the law? What are your opinions on this?
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