I overheard a phrase this morning on the news that went something like this, “He is strong on his words but weak in his actions”. My mind went immediately to a couple of things in regard to my faith.
First, for Christians, we need to speak words that make a difference in other’s lives, but we also must back those words up with action.
We see in scripture an illustration of this in James 2:15-16 where it states, “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” If we talk the talk we must also walk the walk. In other words, if we profess to know Jesus in a personal way, we need to live a life that exemplifies that kind of spiritual change. Again, the Word teaches us in 1 John 2:6, “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did”.
Also, we need to appreciate the fact that the God we serve doesn’t just give us empty words; He actually backs them up with action. When the scripture teaches us that “God is love” (1 John 4:8), it also reveals to us that this love was proven through God’s actions. We see this truth in Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.
So, let us live lives that are not just full of empty words.