The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Looking And Doing

"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" (Jas.1:23-25).

I have recently begun to read books by the author David McCullough. The books are historical and he does extensive research on the material he writes about. I also find his style of writing to be both informative, entertaining and engaging. Some folks approach the Bible in a similar fashion, content to hear and read it and even admire its style and content. McCullough's books, though enjoyable, do not change the way I speak or behave, and that's the unfortunate way that some people approach the Word of God. James, in today's verses, compares the Word to a man who looks at his image in a mirror and goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like... Such a person is simply a hearer of the Word, and not a doer. When the truth found in God's Word is read and acted upon, it acts as a mirror to reflect God's will for Christian living. Anyone who thoughtfully examines himself in the light of the perfect law of liberty, will call on himself to be a doer of the Word... Augustine of Hippo wrote this; "Love, then do as you wish." I believe that he had it right as long as love is molded by the teachings of Christ. Obedience to the law of love is not enforced by external power, but is stirred and impelled from within.... The perfection of the perfect law of liberty consists not only of its invitation to obey it, but also to embrace its precepts. The law is perfect when the Christian drinks it in and incorporates it into his very being. We become truly free people when we attain the wholeness and perfection of that perfect law.... Looking and doing....

Have a wonderful day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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