• Shari Gabourel

A Forgetful Hearer

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 (James 1:22-25 New King James Version).

With so many assertions and opinions being made about how individuals should or should not respond to the current health crisis, I thought I’d chime in…not with the intent of speaking just to be speaking, but to offer a biblical reminder and a sentiment of encouragement.

During a recent reading in the book of James, chapter one, a particular phrase stood out more than it had before in past readings. It was the line, “…a forgetful hearer…”

For whatever reason, those words struck me. Am I a forgetful hearer? I would venture to say yes, given I’m in my menopausal years. But I digress.

As I sat thinking about my relationship with Christ and how my faith should be exclusively tied to the divine words found in the Bible, I asked myself the question I already knew the answer to. In certain instances, I have been a forgetful hearer. Truth is, I have been careless in remembering the words of Christ. I have been neglectful when it comes to adhering to the Lord’s voice, even when I knew better. I have looked in the mirror, primped my appearance, and walked away feeling overly confident, only to arrive at the destination oblivious to the Christ-like characteristics I should be exhibiting.

In light of what our world is presently facing, I viewed the passage in James as a gentle yet ardent reminder of who I am as a Christ-follower. I need not tell you what you are to do as the text already does. However, if the current state of affairs has caused you to become a forgetful hearer, there’s an uncomplicated fix for that.

Simply redirect your mind and its attention to the very doable Word of God.

In doing so, you will be reminded of WHO HE IS, what He has done, and what He is so very capable of doing…in the HERE and NOW!

Trying not to forget,


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