SHINE: Speak by the Spirit — When Human Actions Speak Louder Than Spiritual Words

SHINE! … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

When Human Actions Speak Louder Than Spiritual Words

© 2010 Tonya M. Evans

November 17, 2010

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with action and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

We’ve all heard the saying that actions speak louder than words. And although this month we at ByTheSpirit.net are focused on SPEAKing by the Spirit, it is important to remember that there are many forms and levels of communication beyond the spoken word. Speak Contributor Erica Hawthorne explained this reality in her last post “When Words Are Not Enough”.

The various forms of communication range from oral (with words and sounds) and written communication, to sign language, to sensory and, most importantly, spiritual communication. And we must remain mindful that just as it is often “easier said than done” it is important to look beyond other’s words to determine if their actions support or contradict what they’ve said. The following wisdom from Maya Angelou expresses this sentiment very well:

“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” — Maya Angelou

And remember the lesson of faith without works: “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works is dead, being alone.” (James 2:15-17).

In the same way, empty words of love are just that – empty. Without corresponding actions they are without divine creative power that manifests God’s glory.

Today, commit to choose your words carefully. If you use words of love but your actions reflect a different emotion, you always have another opportunity to SPEAK differently. Resolve that both your words and actions will express divine love.

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