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Applying My Heart To Understanding: A Forgetful Hearer

Updated on February 6, 2013

A Forgetful Hearer: James 1: 22-24

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.
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.

The following is a short writing that I put together about 10 years ago. Through personal and honest meditation on God's Word the Bible, I have learned to incline my ears to wisdom and my Heart to understanding (Proverbs 2:2). Often, I come away convicted and motivated to make changes in my life that will bring honor to my God's reputation. This was the case here.

This particular writing is a call for honesty in our personal walk with God. At the time, I felt my walk with God was superficial. Putting it to writing was one of the first steps I took toward a more intimate and tangible relationship with Christ. It is my confession for my insincere walk with God. I then determined to set myself apart for His purposes. It is my personal commitment to walk with God in word and in deeds at all times even when no one is looking.

I am passing it along in the hope that it will cause others to take the time to examine their Christian walk in the same manner. For those who know to do right but struggle in their application. The place to start is being honest with your self. It is my prayer that all who read this will join me as I determine to make my Christian walk match my Christian talk.


Do I Really Believe?

In my attempt to “Incline my ears to wisdom and apply my heart to understanding.” (Proverbs 2:2) I find asking myself direct probing questions are essential in maintaining clear insight into my relationship with God. Lately I have found this question extremely probing. Do I really believe? Do I really believe in God? Do I really believe that the Holy Bible is his Word and that I should live according to its laws and statutes? Do I really believe that there is a Hell and a Judgment, that one day I will have to give an account? I say I believe. But do I really? If judged based on my actions, the desires of my heart and the things done in secret. Then many times, I do not.

Calling My Bluff

This may or may not surprise you. It depends on how closely you are watching me. If you only watch me from a distance and when I know you are there, I am fairly sure you will be surprised to find that I don’t always believe the things I preach. For you, I am very sure of myself and put up a confident theological front. In addition to this, I am careful to do what is right so that I portray a good witness. However, those of you who watch me closely on a daily basis probably saw the contradiction between my words and my actions long ago. For you there is no surprise.

Even so, there is one who is very close to me who is surprised! This person was absolutely floored by my lack of true conviction and my shallow relationship with God. Who is this person that is blinded by my dazzling Christian talk, my abundant reserves of false humility and my vast understanding of the Bible? Is it my wife? Is it one of my trusting children? Or maybe it’s my Mother? Wrong on all three accounts. This woefully ignorant and spiritually blind individual is ……Me.

James 1: 22-24
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.


A Dose of Reality

When was the last time you looked in the mirror? What did you see? Do you remember? Of course we all know what we look like on the outside. But when we are faced with our reflection after gazing into the mirror of God’s Word sometimes we don’t want to remember. God’s Word is just that, a mirror. Fortunately God’s mirror will not break no matter how ugly you are! Hopefully, it will be you that is broken!

Hebrews 4: 12
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Dear God:

Please forgive me for serving you in a "on again/off again" manner. I confess that I am guilty of behaving in a way that contradicts your Word, as well as, my professed faith in your Son, my redeemer, Jesus Christ. In so doing, I have made myself look foolish and have brought to your name a reproach from those who are watching.

Starting today, may my life bring you honor. Help me, Lord Jesus, to walk before you at all times, unashamed.

I love you. Help me to love you more....

More then I love myself!

In the name of your son Jesus Christ I pray


In Christ



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      Isaiah Michael 8 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      I like this self examination is a very helpful thing to do. Like it or not we have to be totally honest about ourselves to continually grow in Him and for Him.

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      Aaron Rushing 8 years ago from USA- Florida

      Hey Coffeesnob Praise God!

      Thank you for your honesty.

      As for the scripture in the picture. There is a text box in the picture box when you attach the photo

      Thanks for stopping by

      In Christ


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      coffeesnob 8 years ago

      By the way - how did you do the comment box with scripture in the pciture?

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      coffeesnob 8 years ago


      You speak to my heart.

      I prayed your prayer too

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      Aaron Rushing 8 years ago from USA- Florida


      I am sorry to hear about your injury. You will be in my prayers. Sometimes God will use such things to get our attention. I am so glad you are taking the time to listen to his voice and examine your Christian walk. I need all the fellow travelers I can find.

      In Christ


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      selahangel 8 years ago from Texas

      I had to say the prayer. I am there too sometimes. I have had a lot of reflection time since my injury (knee and stress fractures in my hip). I get to sit and read great articles like this one and God let's me write a few ;) But the reality hits home when all you do is sit and talk to God and reflect on who you are to Him, not to the world. Very eye opening, and very disheartening too. But thank Jesus He knows me better than I know myself.

      Very good hub as always brother.


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      Aaron Rushing 8 years ago from USA- Florida

      Thanks Smireles: I appreciate your honesty. I will be praying for you. May God give you the grace and strength to over come.

      In Christ


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      Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas

      You have given me something to think about. I immediately had a certain issue leap to mind. I must learn to practice what I preach! And believe! Thank you.

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      Aaron Rushing 8 years ago from USA- Florida

      Thanks wehzo,

      God Bless


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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 8 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Very good ABR, I must agree wholehearted with you. We must do a self examination frequently and honestly. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      Aaron Rushing 8 years ago from USA- Florida

      Gicky Soriano, "when no one is looking."

      Yet God is always looking.

      GS, I am grateful for you input at all times. Thank you so very much.

      In Christ


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      Aaron Rushing 8 years ago from USA- Florida

      James, I heard it said once that God loves us just the way we are. But, he loves us too much to leave that way.

      I am so grateful for his transforming power.

      Romans 1:16

      For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

      Thanks for stopping by. and for adding to this Hub.

      In Christ


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      Gicky Soriano 8 years ago from California

      So true. A theological front or dazzling Christian talk can simply serve as a smokescreen covering up the ugly stuff of life we need to be dealing with. I heard it said that true character is what we are when no one is looking. Thanks for this hub ABR. Great ear-opener.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      The closer I look the worse I look. But I am being transformed into the likeness of Jesus. Praise God!

      Thank you for this article.


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