I am not sure how many mirrors you have in your house but in my house, you can find at least one mirror in every room. Well, let me take that back. Only those rooms I spend most of my time have mirrors.
Why? I love to look at myself! I don’t think it is sinful for a woman to look at herself in the mirror to take care of herself; to keep herself neat, clean and beautiful. My husband is my number one motivator to take care of myself because he compliments me. I mean after all, I’m his bride; I’m his crown (Proverbs 12:4); I’m his glory (1 Corinthians 11:7). So I better look pretty for him.
And my mirrors usually help me to earn, a “You look pretty Baby” kind of compliments from my loving husband. You have no idea how I love to hear those words from him! Duh! He is the only man I want to impress every day!
And I appreciate and adore all my mirrors in my house. BUT, there is this one mirror I don’t like that much. And just this past week, I found out why.
Well, whenever I look at myself in this particular mirror, I look at myself and think, “When did I get all these wrinkles? When did I get this dark spot here? For how long this pimple has been sitting here on my forehead? Oh, my gosh! This skirt is too old!” And I lose my smile and feel down.
Why? This mirror shows EVERYTHING on my face and outfit! Just EVERYTHING! Why? Well, it is sitting next to two windows, and both windows are facing me. So, whatever I look at through that mirror is actually the truth about my face and outfit.
It hides absolutely nothing!
You may ask, “Then, why do you hate the mirror? That is what mirrors are made for!”
Well, I hate it because truth hurts!
And here is the thing: After the mirror tells me the truth and hurts me deep, it doesn’t stretch its hand to hug and comfort me. It just sits there and says, “Face it!”
Reading the word of God is, in part, like that mirror:
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25NASB
The Bible, the word of God, tells us the truth about us, without hiding anything from us. I mean we can avoid it and move on with our lives, as I sometimes, purposely avoid to look at myself in that mirror. Or, we can continue looking at ourselves through those fake mirrors, deceiving ourselves and saying to ourselves, “I mean, I’m better than most people.”
But, the word of God, just like my “not favorite mirror” in my house, shows us the truth plainly to the point of hurting us to the core of our being. When we lust, it says,
“You’re an adulterer!”
It doesn’t say, “Girl! You’re a human being! Don’t be hard on yourself!”
Oh, no! It won’t say that!
But the one thing I love the most about the word of God is this: It doesn’t only show us who we were yesterday and who we are today; but it shows us who we are like tomorrow if we abide to the Vine.
“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” 1 John 3:2 NASB
Wow! Did you hear that?
Praise God! When we miss our tracks, the word of God shows us the path to turn our lives around and start all over again. It says:
“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 NLT
The word of God has power to help us choose God’s way. David said,
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11 NKJV
David found the secret! He gets up and meditates on the word of God until it is imprinted and ingrained on his heart. Why? The WORD itself prevents him from choosing sinful ways.
Do you read the Bible? Do you hide the WORD of God in your heart?
Remember, the word of God keeps us away from sin; or, sin keeps us away from the word of God.
If we are not reading the Bible at all or as often as we are supposed to (Deuteronomy 8:3), maybe we are harboring sin in our hearts. If we are, let’s confess our sin and come back to the WORD again.
Only the word of God shows us the real truth about us and it is only the word of God which can help us choose the path of life (Psalm 119:105) because the WORD OF GOD is JESUS CHRIST Himself! (John 1:1, 14; Revelation 19:11-13) Yes, the Word of God shows us the truth, hugs, comforts and leads us to the streams of water. (Psalm 23:1-2) ///