For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:23-25)
I'm going to begin a series of posts about the monsters we often see in the mirror. Reading God's Word reveals so much in our hearts--whether an attitude, thought, or desire--that is hideous and ugly, especially in the sight of God. While we can easily put a mask over these problems and pretend everything is okay, I want to encourage us to throw our masks away and strive toward honesty, humility, and diligence in getting rid of sinful attitudes. May we be "blessed in our doing" as James says!
Stay tuned. First up: jealousy.