From Pastor’s Desk:
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. – James 1:22 NKJV
There’s a sign hanging in a restaurant that says, “When everything is said and done, there’s more said than done.”
Think we, the Church, ought to see that doesn’t happen? In my opinion, this is maybe the foremost fault of many, even in the church, that is, verbally committing but never following through. Little things, I have learned, mean a lot. The problem with that is, we usually don’t give thought to something “little” promised, when, in fact, to the person to whom it was promised it is “big.”
Relationships have been affected greatly by someone telling someone else that the first someone would do something for the someone else and never doing it. There goes the relationship! How about changing? A person vows to change some things that is detrimental to a productive lifestyle, but never does. On and on he/she continues, never able to have a lasting relationship, simply because more is said than done.
“Practical-minded” James deals with those who hear a good word, accept the reasonableness of it, commit to carrying it out, but ensuing actions do not match the commitment made.
Where does “deceiving” come in? Others, to whom promises were given, after some promises are broken, begins to know the person who promised. The person making them, however, is usually totally unaware of what they are doing. On and on they go, deceiving, not others, but themselves.