But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
I John 3:17-18
Practice what you preach. Actions are louder than words. If you are going to talk the talk then you better walk the walk. You have certainly heard all of these sayings time after time, but did you know that Jesus is the one that essentially coined these phrases? In a world driven by social media, so much verbiage is out there. It’s constantly being scrolled through, shared, re-tweeted, and hashtagged at a breakneck pace that will make your head spin. Don’t get me wrong – I love it! I love social media. I love all the bible verses. It means that God’s word is being spread. It means we are constantly reading His word. However, if we are posting God’s word one minute, and the next we are spewing filth – YIKES! If we are posting Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, but we are not actively serving in our community, whatever that community may be – YIKES! It is just painting such a bad picture of God’s people. We have got to set things into action. We have got to practice what we preach. If we are posting to love one another but at the next school event, we are screaming obscenities at referees – you get it! Words do not carry enough strength alone. They need a foundation to keep them strong and stable, and that foundation is executing what you say. The thing is – yes, spread God’s word, but don’t forget to get busy and get going. Feed the hungry. Clothe the poor. Pray for your friends. Visit the lonely. Go to church and fellowship. Don’t be stingy. Do what you can do where you are. And do it with a smile.
God, please help me to walk the walk. Guard my tongue and my actions. Help me to work for you and your Kingdom in a way that will show others your love. Amen