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A Forgetful Hearer

February 16, 2016

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A  Forgetful Hearer

We probably all know  what it’s like  to have someone immediately forget  what we said  —  or to immediately forget  what someone said  to us  when our minds  were on something else.     It’s easy  to become  much too preoccupied  with whatever.

We are not so important  in this life  that we can justify  forgetting God’s word  to us.     So,  James 1:21-25 tells us,

Therefore,  putting aside  all filthiness  and all  that remains  of wickedness,  in humility  receive  the word  implanted,  which is able  to save your souls.     But  prove yourselves doers  of the word,  and not merely hearers  who delude themselves.     For if anyone  is a hearer  of the word  and not a doer,  he is like a man  who looks  at his natural face  in a mirror;  for once he has looked  at himself  and gone away,  he has immediately forgotten  what kind  of person  he was.     But  one who looks intently  at the perfect law,  the law  of liberty,  and abides  by it,  not having become  a forgetful hearer  but an effectual doer,  this man will  be blessed  in what he does.

God’s word  is a “mirror”  for all  of us.     When we pay attention  to all  that God’s word shows us  regarding every single human being,  we ashamedly see  that we are all sinners.     There is not one exclusion.     In God’s word we don’t just see  the sins  of “others”  —  but we see  all our own sins  that we don’t really want  to see.

James wants us  to see  “the perfect law,  the law  of liberty”.     It strongly points out  our sins  —  and shows us our forgiveness  in Christ Jesus.     It liberates us  by showing us  that Christ has paid  the penalty  for all our sins,  so that we are free  to become  glad  “effectual” servants  of the LORD.

We aren’t God’s servants  by our own efforts  —  but by the freedom we have  in Christ,  knowing that He has paid  for all our sins.     As forgiven sinners,  our freed hearts  lead us to work  in gladness  and truth.

Intently listening  to God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You for saving our souls  in Your Word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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