The Mirror

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I don’t like mirrors. Mirrors make me look fat. They make it seem like my hairline is in full retreat. Mirrors make my face older, my hair thinner, my shape more rounded. I don’t know what is wrong with these mirrors.

I know what you are thinking, you are going to say there is nothing wrong with the mirror. It’s doing exactly what it is supposed to do. Just because I don’t like what’s in the mirror doesn’t make it wrong.

The word of God is described as a mirror (James 1:23-25). One that shows us what we truly are so we then can take action to correct the flaws. If we see something in it we don’t like, it isn’t because the word of God is wrong, it is because it is showing in us what is wrong.

I’ve found over the years when a person looks at a Bible verse and immediately starts to explain it away, it most often has to do with a person unwilling to change themselves than it does with a misunderstanding or mistake with the text.

If we don’t like what the mirror is telling us it is not the mirror that is at fault.

Barry Haynes
Hope church of Christ
Hope, AR

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