James 1:22-24 (22) "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (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:" (24) "For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was."
We are to hear the Word of God. When we hear it we are responsible for what we hear and also what we do with what we hear. James 4:17 "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
When God points out things in our life and we do not do what God is showing us...we are as if we look in a mirror and go away not doing anything about it. For example...if we look in the mirror and see something wrong (our hair messed up, something on our face, etc.) and we do nothing about it...we show we don't care that it is there. The same is true when God uses His Word (as a mirror) to show us things in our life and we do nothing about it. We are saying we don't care.
It's not always pleasant or fun to see things for what they are...but it is for our own good. But our tendency is to get upset or mad about what God points out to us. We appreciate it when someone points out that we have something on our face or if there is a spot on our shirt, etc. Yet we have a tendency to get mad at God when He points out things in our lives. Why is that?
James 1:25b "...he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." When we take care of what has been shown to us we will be blessed by God. So God blesses when we do what He shows us in His Word.
Are you hearing God speak to you? Are you doing what you hear? Do you care enough to do it? I sure hope so. God will bless you for it!! If you're not....it is sin!!