Actions Speak Louder Than Words :: By Grant Phillips

I heard that saying many, many years ago in Sunday School class. I was about ten years old, and our Sunday School teacher told us boys, “Boys, always remember, your actions will always speak louder than your words.” I can’t say that I’ve always remembered it at the right times, but I have never forgotten those words.

I was reminded of it this morning when I was told of a business organization that sent an employee home one day after the employee had given their two-week notice to leave. The employee had two weeks of vacation that was due and could have taken their vacation first and then given a notice that they were leaving, but they didn’t think that would be the right thing to do. There was no reason for the employer to send the employee home other than the obvious. There have been several other incidents of this nature from this business entity. The head of this organization says he is a Christian and often boasts that they run their business as a Christian organization. I’m sorry, but your actions speak louder than your words.

Have you ever noticed how much our political leaders speak of loving and befriending others? Have you also noticed how much their hatred of any opposing view distorts their faces and almost causes them to froth at the mouth? Actions speak louder than words.

What about the entertainment industry: movie “stars,” sports “heroes,” musical “heartthrobs,” etc.? Again, they love everybody, but their hatred cannot be hidden when speaking against opposing views. Much worse than that, how about all that love talk when mention is made of Jesus? They use His name as a curse word, tossing it around like an old rag. Actions speak louder than words.

And then I listen to those dear folks speaking of loving each other, protecting animals, defending the defenseless. You know who I’m talking about … the tree huggers and save the beetle crusaders. I wonder what they think of the genocide of babies? No … that word isn’t descriptive enough. Murder? No … I know. What do they feel about the slaughter of babies? I know for a fact that most don’t have a problem with it. The mother’s “rights”? Actions still speak louder than words.

The Indians (oh, excuse me, the native Americans) used to call that speaking with a forked tongue. Well, there’s a lot of that going around. It has gotten so bad in today’s world that if someone told me it was raining outside, I’d have to look out the window first to see if it’s true.

My parents were not like that. They were pretty straightforward with what they had to say. If they told one of us youngsters while we were at church to be quiet or get a spanking when we got home, guess what we did? We got real quiet because we knew their words and their actions were in total agreement. Not so with most parents today.

I can actually remember the day when a person’s word was their bond. Contracts were validated by a handshake. Try that today and see how far it gets you. Actions speak louder than words.

Jesus said He came to die for all, and He did.

“For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

Jesus said He came to save the lost, and all who come to Him will be saved.

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

Jesus said He will save all who come to Him, and He does.

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37).

Jesus said He will never condemn those who come to Him. He never has, and He will not do so.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).

Jesus said He will remove His bride (the Church) before He judges the world. He is coming again.

“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).

Jesus said He will reward His own, and He will.

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (Revelation 22:10).

Jesus said He will judge all those who do not call upon Him in belief, and He will.

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

“The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:11-15).

Jesus has backed up everything He has ever said by His own actions. He also said:

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

“But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this” (John 8:40).

“…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

Jesus saves all who will come to Him, and He has backed up His words with actions … the cross … the empty grave.

Jesus is coming back for His own. His words can be trusted because He backs up everything He says with actions.

Jesus will judge the world during the Tribulation and then at the Great White Throne judgment. Rest assured, it will happen, and it may be much sooner than any of us realize. All who come to Him now will not suffer wrath.

“For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11).

God has shown over and over that He always does what He says. His words and His actions are always true to each other. Can that be said of us?

Grant Phillips


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