Inspirational, Uplifting and Encouraging Bible Verses: 1st John 3:18 - Actions Speak Louder than Words
An Inspirational Book
We have all heard the saying “Actions speak louder than words.”. Today’s verse reflects that message, which is entirely applicable in instances where action on our part is required in order to help out those in need; to demonstrate love for others. Maybe we have to spend Saturday helping a friend move into a new apartment or house. Perhaps someone at church needs help, and we are led to provide it at our own expense. When love is characterized by sacrificial giving of time, money or otherwise; when action really does speak loudly.
Words in the above context can be considered empty, without impact. Something needs to be done as opposed to said.
Which is not to say that, in other instances, kind and encouraging words are the best way to help a friend or family member; even a stranger. Sometimes all one needs in a time of trouble are the right words of encouragement. So, we, at little expense to ourselves, can just make a habit of simply being nice. That is a good rule of thumb to start putting into practice. Take time to just be nice. Seems obvious enough that we should not even have to mention it. But, when caught up in our everyday busy routines, it becomes easy to turn ourselves off to much of what is going on around us. Which might cause us, for instance, to ignore an elderly person struggling to get groceries into their car. Who knows, they might also have a hard time driving, perhaps even live in your neighborhood. All it would take is for us to walk over, help load the groceries and find out. Have them call my house once a week from that point on, I’d send one of my kids with them to the store. Much could happen, just because we sometimes decide to act like the God we claim to worship and believe in.
Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk
We do not need to look hard or far for motivation in putting these words into practice. There are people in our lives who need kindness and help. There are friends in need. One of my friends, whom God brought into my life years ago, has come across difficult times. Family problems and severe health issues have left him in a bad way. Multiple heart attacks and diabetes land him in the hospital frequently, most recently as I write this. I work a lot of hours at two jobs, so I am busy; but the Lord has made it clear, not too busy to offer some help. We are to count our blessings and and take some action. That means visits to the hospital for prayer, encouragement and Bible study. I just left this morning, and could see it on his face and hear it in his words: "You are the only friend I have." Yes and no, I explained, as we both have a friend in Christ. He is the reason I am here. It is because He is good that I can do good. Anything good that comes from me originates in Him.