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Doers of the word, not hearers only

“Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger for anger does not accomplish the righteousness of God. Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls.

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror. [JAS 1:23]
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“Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror. He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like. But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres, and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts; such a one shall be blessed in what he does.

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, his religion is vain. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” [James 1:19-27]

In verse 18, the sacred writer spoke of the “word of truth” and its supernatural effectiveness. Hearer, he uses vivid imagery to make the point that, while it has that power, it is not enough just to hear the word: one needs to be attentive and docile and to take the word to heart (verses 19-21): “He who speaks often lives to regret his words; he who holds his peace, never does” (Ecumenius, Commentarium in Iacobum, ad loc.); and one must let it influence one’s way of acting (see verses 22-27; cf. Mt 7:24; Lk 11:28). St James will insist on this point again later (cf. 2:14-26).

“The perfect law, the law of liberty” (verse 25): this is the good news brought by Christ, whose life and teaching have made us children of God and who has set us free from the Slavery Of The Old Law and the slavery of the devil and sin and death.

In order to follow Jesus the word should be internalized and lived with it. Then, perhaps, we can see a better world if everyone understands each other. However, in reality, this is not happening, and people tend to be superior to each other as competition speaks for itself.

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