It was reported that a company placed a large mirror behind the desk of the customer service department so that those who came in anger with a complaint could see for themselves their behavior. They reported on the whole people became more civil. It is certainly the case that a mirror can be a reality check. Most of us get up in the morning, look in the mirror, and then try to do something about it.
In James 1:23-25 the word of God is compared to a mirror. It to can be used for reflection, not of ones physical appearance but of the inward man. The good and the bad thing about a mirror is that it simply reflects what stands in front of it. It's bad because we might not like what we see, but it's good because it can be used for improvement.
James says it is the doer that is blessed, not just the one who hears the word of God (1:25). In regards to physical appearance we are quick to fix what we can fix when we look in a mirror and see something out of place. Only if we were just as quick to deal with things that are out of place in our spiritual life. The mirror of God's word may reflect lust, jealousy, envy, hatred, greed, anger, bitterness and various other spiritual weaknesses that need our immediate attention. Yet we go ahead and walk out the door without dealing with what has just been revealed to us that is in need of correction. Something we would never do in regards to outward appearance. Of course some become so disturbed by this mirror that they just throw the mirror out.
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