Effective Bible Study: The Word is Like a Mirror

James 1:23-25 NKJV
“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.”
Many of us take some time to look at ourselves in the mirror every morning before we leave the house. The purpose of that action is to ensure that everything is in order and we are looking good and everything is in place. In fact, many women walk around with a mirror in their hand bags and every now and then, you will see a woman even in the middle of the street pull out a small mirror from their handbag, look at their reflection and make the necessary adjustments they need to make. If only we reacted the same way to the word of God.
The word of God is like a mirror because when we read it, we see ourselves for what we truly are from the perspective of our creator. The bible exposes our shortcomings, our sin and areas in our live where we are falling short of Gods standard. Not only does it do that, it also directs us in what we need to do to be in right standing with God.
As James says, anyone who just hears the word and does nothing about it is like that man who looks into the mirror and the see their clothing has stains, their hair is uncombed, their face has got some dirt and yet they do nothing about it, they go on as though all is well.
If the word of God is truly like a mirror for us, then when we read it we must meditate on it so as to deeply consider the picture that it has painted for us and then we need to do as it says for then, James says that we will be blessed in what we do.
What is the last image you saw when you looked into the mirror that is the word of God? What are some adjustments you have made in your life based on the last image that you saw in the word of God?
Many women walk around with a mirror and they are not embarrassed to look into it and make the necessary adjustments even in the middle of the street. Do you have a similar relationship with the mirror that is the Bible?