FLATTERY

FLATTERY

THERE ARE GLASSES that will flatter people. I remember a Seinfeld episode from back in the day in which the character, Elaine, bought a dress from a department store. She brought it home and it looked horrible on her in her mirror. She tried it on for the rest of the gang and they all agreed, it looked horrible. So what was the problem? The department store put in slimming mirrors. Has this ever happened to you?

I can attest to this very same thing. The mirror where I had tried an article of clothing on was different- maybe it was the lighting, the angle, etc.; but was not a true representation of how I look. However, the Word of God is no flattering glass. “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 ‭ESV‬‬

The word of God shows us our sins, and those dark areas of our heart and mind that we may repent of them, bring them to the cross and get them pardoned. The Word as a double-edged sword, shows us what is amiss, that it may be amended. If you flatter yourself, it is your own fault; the truth, as it is in Jesus, flatters no man. The Word reveals things in us we may not like, and thus you have a decision: address it, deal with it and let the Word have its way; or brush it aside and pretend you look good. Walk away and forget what the Word has shown you. Scripture is under attack like never before.

Many, even within the church, want to do away with it because the Word does not fit their agenda. It does not fit into cultural norms. “It’s outdated!” they scream. The Word requires us to change. It sets standards for men and women, standards for marriage and sexual relations, standards for God’s holy church, standards for government, your life, your home, your job. But like the original lie, Satan has deceived many of us saying, “Did God really say that?”

What will you do when faced with the mirror of God’s Word? This is my pleading: let the word of truth be carefully attended to, and it will set before you the corruption of your nature, the disorders of your hearts and lives; it will tell you plainly what you are. Then, bring those corrupt things to Jesus and be made beautiful. As we say around these parts: Do things the Bible way and get the Bible results. #runyourrace

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