James is one of the hardest hitting books of the New Testament. Perhaps James being the brother of Jesus has something to do with that. Like Jesus, James bluntly states what is needed, no beating around the bush. Nearing the end of chapter one James reminds us that merely listening to the word is not equal to obeying it. We must walk in the way in which it instructs us. Without that second element we are deceiving ourselves.
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“Do not merely listen to the word, and deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it, not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it, they will be blessed in what they do. ”
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