Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
Actions speak louder than words! I am sure you have heard this saying used multiple times throughout your life. It is a fairly old concept as far as we can tell. Phrases with a similar meaning or intent existed in the 17th century, however, the phrase as we know it was first used by Abraham Lincoln; a man who, for the most part, led a life in which his actions closely matched his words and beliefs. You know, it can be very easy to say things to try and bring comfort in a situation, I'm sure we have all done it. Perhaps you have offered to keep someone's situation in your prayers and then failed to remember to pray for them. Maybe you have offered to help someone move house but then bailed out when you received a 'better offer'. We see people in need all around us on a daily basis. While it may be true that as individuals we cannot meet all the needs of every person that we encounter, we usually can provide something. We have been talking about how God works behind the scenes, maybe while he is behind the scenes he is asking you to take the lead role and extend his love and care to others in a more practical way?
Heavenly Father, Please help me not to be a hypocrite. Help my actions to always communicate your love to others. Give me a heart that sees others the way you see them, as your beloved children. Amen
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