“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Words and Action

(Please read John 6:63-68)

January 20

Parents quote it to their kids. Politicians use it to taunt their opponents. Athletes use it to challenge competitors. It’s the adage: “Actions speak louder than words.” And it’s true. But words still speak pretty loud. For words are important; they do matter.

If you doubt the value of words, think about how happy young parents are at the first words uttered by their children. Think of the honeyed words suitors use to win the hearts of their sweethearts, the smooth words of successful salesmen, the authoritative words of officials and bosses, the cultured words of newscasters. And of the wonderful words of life uttered by our Lord.

Preachers use words to explain and expound upon those words of Christ, to convince us of the truth of the gospel and the rewards of the Christian life. Jesus said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you” (John 15:7, NIV). His words won’t remain in us without our continual attention to them by reading and hearing them.

Jesus turned his words into action. He talked about humility, and he washed the disciples’ feet. He talked of resisting the devil, and he did that. He talked of the resurrection, and proved it possible by raising the dead, including himself. He taught us to pray, and he prayed. Just as he was the Word made flesh, his words became action and both words and action taught us how to live. His words are life. Let’s love them and live them!

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