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; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. James 1:23–24 (NKJV)
There are two ways to handle God's Word. Today's verse says when you walk away and forget it, you head straight into deception. But as you look into the Word and "continue in it" (v. 25), meditating on what Jesus has done for you, it begins to change the beliefs of your heart—and it leads to blessing.
In the story of Peter walking on the water, the reason he began to sink was because his focus strayed to the storm. (See Matthew 14:22–33). But when he turned his eyes back on Jesus, he was able to walk straight back to the boat. This is a picture of us looking to Jesus. Meditating on Him and what He's done for you will enable you to walk through any storm of condemnation!
On the other hand, if you don't let this gift of grace take root in your heart, then you are a forgetful hearer. You may build up a bulwark of nice thoughts to keep condemnation at bay, but negative emotions will continue to surface from deep within your heart.
Instead, decide to anchor your heart in grace. Realize that Jesus took the punishment for your sin—including all the judgment and accusations that may harass you—when He traded His life for yours. Now you are in right-standing with God.
Holy Spirit wants to get this across to every believer above all! Continue in this truth and your heart will become settled with an incredible sense of peace.
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