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More Than A Glance

At the end of James 1, James compares the Bible to a mirror: “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 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” (James 1:23-25).

Mirrors give us a way to gage ourselves. We can glance quickly at our reflection, not really taking in what we see, or we can look carefully, noticing the good and repairing what is out of place. We can forget the image the moment we turn away or we can take action based on what we see. 

The Bible is the mirror we use to search our hearts. We can skim through, seeing the words but not really taking them in. Or we can read carefully, using the words to explore ourselves and imprinting them in our minds and hearts so we can apply them to our lives. The more we apply the information we learn, the more our reflection will begin to look like Jesus.


  • When was the last time you were able to take your time reading and studying the Bible?
  • Why is it important to apply what we read in the Bible, not just know what it says?
  • What are some things you are seeing in yourself through the mirror of the Bible?

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