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03/14/2009

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The Mirror To Our Soul


"Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror" (Js. 1:23).

When I was about 8 years old, I decided that I needed a haircut. So I found a scissors and went into the bathroom in front of the mirror and started to cut. I didn't want to make any big mistakes so I just cut a little at a time. Each time I made a cut on one side I just knew I needed to make one on the other to balance it. When I was done it looked like a rat had gnawed at the top of my head. Hats are a good thing....

In my great wisdom over the years. I have decided that it was not the mirror's fault but mine..The Bible ought to serve as God's mirror for the soul. By looking into the mirror we can discern the character and needs of our soul and start to see ourselves as God sees us. Our souls have come from God, and He views them as valuable (Matt. 10:28 & 16:26). Before Paul reveals the "fruits of the spirit" to us in Gal.5:22-23, he gives a list of things that can disfigure our souls. The Bible, God's mirror, also reveals to us the destiny of the soul.

Looking back on that awful haircut, I now believe that I did not properly use the mirror. First it should be used constantly. Repetition is a great way to become more skillful. The more we read and meditate the more skillful we will be in His kingdom. The context of today's verse implies that when we look into the mirror, we must not forget what we see. That it is just not in the reading, but in the application....Being more than a reader and hearer....A doer! James says to us that if we read, apply, and do, that "we will be blessed in what we do"(v25). Cut wisely....

Have a wonderful weekend...When you worship on His day, do so in Spirit and in Truth...love mark Phil. 4:11

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