James – Monday, March 16
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
Since there is a “righteous life that God desires,” (James 1:20) we should hunger and thirst for it (Matthew 5:6).
The first step is to get rid of, lay aside, cast off, or put away the moral filth and evil of this world. This moral filth and evil is everywhere around us—more and more as the day of Christ’s return draws near (1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-5).
In its place, we go to the Word of God! We open our hearts to it as little children… believing what it says and receiving its strength and life.
There is a warning, however: we must not deceive ourselves into thinking that merely listening to the Word is the same as obeying or believing it. There is a myriad of people who sit in our church’s pews who suppose that by being in church and listening to a weekly sermon, they are fulfilling God’s requirements for their lives. Such thinking is foolishness, like a man who forgets what he looks like after having seen himself in a mirror.
In contrast, those who take the Bible seriously by believing and obeying its liberating message of grace and truth discover a life of blessedness.
Daily Devotional Book • James Application Questions
1. What sort of moral filth or evil is evident to you? How have you or how will you reject it?
2. Cite some of the ways we can humble ourselves under God’s Word. How well are you doing in this?
3. Repent and confess any known sin or failure in taking the Word seriously—either by disbelieving it, or by disobeying it. Receive God’s forgiveness, cleansing and power as you do (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9).