By Susie Frederick

What do you see when you look into a mirror? Do you see that your appearance is perfectly pleasing, or do you notice that an adjustment is needed? Is your hair out of place? Do you have a smudge of dirt on your chin? Are you frowning? When you notice that something is not as it should be, do you make a correction, or do you simply walk away and forget about the problem?

The inspired writer James compares the New Testament law of liberty to a mirror: “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. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:23-25).

When we read and study the New Testament, we will see ourselves as we really are, spiritually. We will also learn what to do to correct the problems. If we do not correct the problems, we are like a foolish person who notices dirt on his face, but does not wash. However, if we do the things that will make us presentable to God, we will be blessed by Him.