NOT HEARERS ONLY
James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
James 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Brothers, God's word tells us here, through James the brother of Jesus, that every man must be swift (or fast) to hear, and slow to speak, and slow to wrath (or anger). He says that the wrath of man is unrighteousness toward God, and that we are to receive with meekness (by being humble) the engrafted word of God, and that His word is able to save your souls.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
James 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
He tells us that we are to be a doer of the word of God. We are not only to hear his word, but also to do his word, we are to let his word live through us. God is saying that if we hear his word and do not do what his word is telling us to do, then we are like a man admiring his own face in a mirrow. If a man does not do God's word then he is going his own way and forgets what he heard from God's Holy Word.
James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Brothers, God tells us here that if we keep our eyes upon his word and do that word in our lives, and don't forget what we here from his word, that all of our deeds shall be blessed. He blesses those who do his word and not those who just here his word.
James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
We are to bridle our tongues by being fast to hear and slow to speak. If we are not slow to speak then we will speak in anger and will not do this in God's will, but rather will be speaking in rebellion of His word.
Brothers, please go about doing God's word as you walk through this life. He asks us to be patient and wait before we speak, that by doing so we may walk in His engrafted word. His word will then be in our hearts, and will, and our deeds will always be blessed by God.
God Bless you my brothers,
HVM - C62214