James 1:22-25..22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Humbly receiving the implanted word involves a response to the word: be doers of the word and not hearers only. Jesus affirmed that true blessing from God comes to those who “ hear the word of God and observe it.”. A “Be doers” stresses continuous action. This is a lifestyle of practicing the Word of God. We receive the gospel, but we continually and consistently live it out as well. The individual who sees obedience to the Word as optional is deceiving himself.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
The person who listens to the Word of God but does not obey it is like someone looking at his own face in the mirror. A look in your mirror might suggest the need to clean dirt off the chin or smooth down unkempt hair. To look in the mirror and forget to do what it indicates needs to be done represents being confronted by the Word of God and refusing to obey its demands.
25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
The person who looks intently into the “perfect law of liberty” examines self closely. The law of liberty is the Word of God. The individual who looks intently at the law of liberty obeys it and perseveres in doing it will be blessed in what he does.
The treatment of other people as revealed from the Word is one of the most revealing indicators of a Disciples character.
Notes: A- Luke 11:28;