Mirror, Mirror On The Wall (3 Of 14) by Rick White

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Rick White
SF AM9330

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
James 1:19-27

This you know, my beloved brethren. But let every one be quick to hear,
slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the
righteousness of God. Therefore putting aside all filthiness and all that
remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is
able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not
merely hearers who delude themselves. For if any one 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 shall be blessed
in what he does. If any one thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not
bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is
worthless. This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and
Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself
unstained by the world. James 1:19-27

Introduction: The children's fairy tale Snow White provides us with a
classic line for introducing today's subject. Mirror, mirror on the wall;
who the fairest of them all? Our subject today is really about divorce. It is
not the kind that divides a husband and wife. It has nothing to do with
incompatibility but with inconsistency. It is the inconsistency in our faith
between belief and behavior, profession and performance.

A.W. Tozer, in his book "The Root of the Righteous," had this to say:
" There is an evil which I have seen under the sun. It is the glaring
disparity between theology and practice among Christians.
So wide is the gulf that separates theory from practice in the church
that an inquiring ...

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