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James 1:22-25 The Passion Translation (TPT)

22 Don’t just listen to the Word of Truth and not respond to it, for that is the essence of self-deception. So always let his Word become like poetry written and fulfilled by your life![a]

23 If you listen to the Word and don’t live out the message you hear, you become like the person who looks in the mirror of the Word to discover the reflection of his face in the beginning.[b] 24 You perceive how God sees you in the mirror of the Word,[c] but then you go out and forget[d] your divine origin. 25 But those who set their gaze deeply into the perfecting law of liberty[e] are fascinated by and respond to the truth they hear and are strengthened by it—they experience God’s blessing in all that they do![f]

Footnotes:

  1. James 1:22 Or “be a poet [doer] of the Word.”
  2. James 1:23 Or “realizing his beginning [genesis] face” or “studying the face he was born with.”
  3. James 1:24 For the believer, seeing the man “in the mirror” is seeing how God sees us from the beginning, even before the fall of Adam which resulted in sin’s devastation to human hearts. The man in the mirror is the new creation man.
  4. James 1:24 The Aramaic can be translated “drift away from.”
  5. James 1:25 This is referred to as the “royal law of love” in 2:8 and the “law of liberty” in 2:12.
  6. James 1:25 See Luke 11:28.
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