Dangerous Clichés: Why Actions Speak Louder than Words

Where does the Bible say that Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

The closest thought to this is found in 1 John 3:18: Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is clear evidence that God prioritises not just what you say but also what you do.

Once upon a time, when I was little, I loved to watch superman on TV. I love him because he always took the right action to solve problems for others.  I believe in actions, not words because words mean nothing if you don’t prove yourself with your actions. For example, someone can say to you, “I love you”, then do something to deliberately hurt you- have they shown they really love you? 

Empty Platitudes 

I don’t really like the saying- “It’s going to be okay.” Let’s get real- how do you know that it will be okay? 

How can you be sure that the next day, or the next week, or the next month is going to be okay? “It’s going to be okay.” This is such a cliche, and there is no action to back it up. Although they think they are helping a bad situation, all that is needed is to take some action to ease the situation. 

What about the saying ‘God will take care of it  . again, – how do you know that God will take care of it? What if God wants YOU to take care of it? What is God want you to take come action to solve the problem?  

I think these kinds of platitudes give us a false sense of comfort. We accept what is said and forget to work toward the solution. Then weeks or years up the line, we are faced with the same thing again.

 I’ve seen too many Christians seeking God’s will but never putting anything into action; then, many years down the track, they find themselves in the same place from when they started. I learned early in my years that hanging around doing nothing is not how to accomplish God’s will in my life; to the contrary, we are co-workers with Christ. God provides inspiration, and we provide the perspiration! Our Great creator will take care of quality if you take care of the quantity. In both the old and new Testaments, we see many examples of this principle at work. Understanding this, I began to pray and fast about my future and began working hard on various projects. Then, very slowly, at a snail pace, what I was to do unfolded before me. I guess that’s why Lord says, James 1:3, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. It certainly takes faith and undoubtedly takes heaps of patience, not to mention endurance, to find out and to move into God’s will for one’s life. It’s not easy. But the discipleship walk in Christ isn’t easy, and God never promised it so. 

God won’t manage your life; that’s your job! 

God put Adam and Eve on this earth to care for it and subdue it, in other words, to manage it. God has given your life to care for and to be the manager of it. God is the leader and your cheerleader, but it is YOU who puts it all into action.

The challenge is then, let’s be aware of what we say and be ready to act!

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