Reading with intent to remember: James 1:22-25

James 1:22-25

New International Version (NIV)

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 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.

 

Do you ever have one of those times where you check your watch (or more likely, your phone) and then forget what time it is when someone asks immediately after?

We can all admit at some point to opening the Bible, reading it, and putting it down without actually learning anything. At one point I know that I did this. I would open to a random spot and read a verse without actually knowing (or caring) what I just read.

James says in this passage that doing this is just the same as looking in a mirror and immediately forgetting what you look like. This can be a dangerous thing because you may fool yourself into thinking you read your Bible everyday.

Just looking at a verse is not the same as reading it.

When you read the Bible, I mean REALLY read it, you step away from it feeling enlightened and hopeful. remember to go to the Bible with an open heart so that God can fill you up and give you everything you need to deal with the stress of the world. If you do this, you will start to feel a change in yourself as God begins to bless everything that you do.

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