But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 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.
This passage from the Letter of James summons us to revise our actions as Christians. Indeed, the entire letter of James is a wakeup call for us. But focusing only on these 4 verses, it should self examine ourselves to see if we are complying with the statute to be doers of the Word.
Let explore some aspects of the Word and meditate if we are doing or not what is indicating to us. John 13:34 says: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. The Lord is not suggesting loving, what He is ordering. I’ve heard many people say, they do not feel love that person. If we are commanded to love it is because we have power to decide to do it or not. The next verse is John 13:35, which says: By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. To love each other is to become doers of the Word.
In Matthew 18:33 we see an interesting question: Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you? Everyone likes to be considered with them; but we mostly forget to be considerate of others. It’s easy to cry out to God for mercy; but it is difficult for us to be merciful to others.
Jesus responds to Peter the following with regard to forgiveness: Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21-22). In the world there are many people living with lack forgiveness, which takes them away from the standard of being a doer of the Word.
Mostly we hear people praying or asking for prayer for their needs. It is true that we all have things that we need, but how you look if our neighbor is in greater need than us? The Word tells us in Acts 20:35: I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
The Lord in Matthew 25: 35-40 gives us a summary of what being a doer of the Word: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ God bless you.