For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. – (1 Corinthians 4:20, NIV)
God’s kingdom is not seen in talk but in power. – (1 Corinthians 4:20, ERV)
God’s Way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s an empowered life. – (1 Corinthians 4:20, MSG)
Our actions have a far greater and longer lasting impact than anything that we say. The charge that we have been given is to love God and love people, according to His good and perfect will. When we choose to live out our faith through all that we do, we are able to make the Lord’s love evident. However, if all that we do is say what we believe, but do not put it into action, the impact is non-existent. In the same way, if we tell those we love that we love them, but do not demonstrate our love through the things that we do, the words have no meaning nor lasting impact. On the other hand, those who serve and honor, uphold and provide, show again and again the power of God in their lives, even if the words are seldom spoken. A favorite quote of mine that aligns well with this verse, is: “Preach the gospel always. When necessary, use words.” – (St. Francis Assissi) May our actions provide the powerful proof of God’s love in our lives as we reach out to love, honor and serve those around us.
May the love of God,
Be made evident;
Through all that we do,
Kindness, heaven sent.
His love’s best made known,
Through things that we do;
Each act done in love,
Grants God’s light shine through.
So, let us choose show,
God’s love in our lives;
As we act in love,
Helping others thrive.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love that is not merely spoken to us, but rather it is made evident through actions. Thank You that You call us to do the same. Forgive us for the times that our actions have not aligned with Your will, or our words were empty and without action. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would be people empowered by Your love to go forth and do the same. Show us how to love those around us in practical and tangible ways. May many come into a lasting relationship with You, as they recognize Your heart in the things that we do. Be glorified O God, as we go forth and give feet to our faith through loving actions. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life. – Psalm 143:8