1 John 3:18 – “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” NIV
We’ve all heard that adage, “actions speak louder than words” and know that it is absolutely true. Words can become so cheap that they are meaningless but actions reveal the heart. I realize that the Bible teaches us that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” and believe that fully. I also know that a person can say one thing and do something completely different and that is a completely different picture.
LOVE that does not have actions with it is not LOVE it is something else and may only be manipulation or even lust but it most assuredly is not real love! Jesus told us that the one that is “forgiven much, loves much,” and that is a most powerful statement. If I have it in my power to do something for someone that I love and fail or refuse to do that it really does not matter what I say my actions caused my words to go unheard. You can weep and tell someone how much you love them, but if you continually abuse them or are unfaithful to them do you think they believe a word you are saying? Not if they have any ability for rational thought.
God hears our words and sees our actions, do they match? We will give an account of every action, deed, and word one day and it would behoove each of us to carefully weigh our words before speaking them. It would behoove each of us to endeavor to ensure that our words and actions are the same. Anything less is a demonstration of hypocrisy or worse but it is not an expression of Love or Faith.
So, this short and very brief devotional is directed at one thing and that is hopefully, to jolt each of us into the reality that WHAT WE DO is usually much louder than WHAT WE SAY especially if the two do not correspond. So, as you go through your day, consider the words that come from your heart, mind, and mouth and examine your actions – – IS THERE A MATCH? If not then I would suggest a quick and determined trip to the prayer closet for a time of repentance and soul searching before the LORD.
May God be with you as you go through your day!