Sunday, May 17, 2015

When Actions Speak Louder Than Words

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
You have probably heard the expression, "your actions are speaking so loudly that I cannot hear a word you are saying." Sometimes our actions are so obtrusive that what we say is drowned out by what we do. The Lord Jesus used the word hypocrite in Matthew 7:5  when He said to the Jews, "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." (See also Luke 6:42 and Luke 13:15) The Bible has much to say about hypocrisy, For example in Job 8:13, "So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish..." or Isaiah 9:17, "Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still." 

I remember the story I told to the Aberdeen, South Dakota church when I was their pastor. A Christian man worked with some unbelievers. He was always trying to witness to his fellow workers who didn't appreciate what he had to say. One day one of his fellow workers made a rude remark in return that made the man so angry that he punched the other fellow in the nose. When they were called into the boss'es office and he was asked why he had hit the other guy, the man said, "the Lord told me to do it!" His boss said, "the next time the Lord tells you to hit a fellow worker ask the Lord to find you another job!" I really can't remember where I heard the story or whether it was a true incident or not, but the moral is good.

The Bible says concerning the Lord Jesus in Hebrews 7:26, "For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens..." Also in 1st Peter 2:21-25, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." I wonder if our actions are speaking so loudly that no one can hear our message?

In Luke 9:51-56 the Bible tells of the time that the Lord sent messengers to a village in Samaria and they would not receive Him because He had set His face to go to Jerusalem. James and John asked the Lord Jesus, "Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?" The Lord "turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."  It was not the Holy Spirit that prompted them to ask that question. Are we also guilty of not knowing what spirit we are of? The Lord Jesus came into this world to save men, not to destroy them.

I don't know about you my friend, but I want to see men saved from sin and bound for heaven. I want to do more than witness but to be a witness to the lost of what the Lord Jesus has done for me. What He has done for me He can and will do for you if you will let Him.  If you have never done so, put your faith in Jesus Christ, and read His word. God's Word should be your only guide. His Spirit will never disagree with His Word. Obey the gospel, repent and be baptized in Jesus name and God has promised to fill you with the Holy Ghost the same as He did the early disciples, (See Acts 2:1-4 and Acts 2:38-40

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