The Man in the Mirror
"A man beholding his natural face in a glass." -- James 1:23
The man in the mirror. What do you think of him? Do you think he is genuine? Do you think he is sincere? Do you think he is honest? Do you think he is truthful? Do you think he is clean? Do you think he is good-natured? Do you think he is fair-minded? Do you think he is charitable? Does he appeal to you? Does he invite your confidence? How far would you trust him? How would you like him for a friend? Never mind what others think of him. What do you think of him—this man in the mirror?
Do you really know the man? Have you ever taken time to get acquainted with him? Suppose you do. Just walk right up to him, and say, "I want to know you; I want to know what sort of man you are; there are some questions I want to ask you." Then go ahead and ask him whatever you like. Make your questions as searching as you please. Question him along the lines that I have questioned you about him. Look him straight in the face while you are doing it. You need not
hesitate. He will not regard it as an impertinence. He will not in the least resent it—not from you.
You may not find this man to be all that he ought to be. Perhaps you can give him some friendly advice. Perhaps you can help him to be a better man. Take him with you into your private room; sit down with him, just you two alone, and have a heart-to-heart talk—you and the man in the mirror.