What are mirrors for?
God’s word has been compared to many things, and mirrors are one of them. In James 1, the author makes this parallel, “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at this face in a mirror and, after looking at himself,goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like” (v. 23-24, NIV).
Mirrors are used to show individuals what he or she looks like, what blemishes there may be, and ultimately who the person is. According to James, perhaps the Bible serves a similar purpose.
One of the goals of the word is to remind people that they are God’s people. So perhaps, once they are in the world, chances to do good, practice patience, and generally be more Christlike, will be something they recall after seeing the reflection of who God says they are.
See yourself as God sees you through his word, and don’t forget what you look like and who you are.
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