Our Bible verse for today: “Isn’t this the fast I choose: To break the chains of wickedness, to untie the ropes of the yoke, to set the oppressed free, and to tear off every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your house, to clothe the naked when you see him, and not to ignore your own flesh and blood? Isaiah 58:6-7 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Actions speak louder than words.”
Mahatma Gandhi was an activist, a political leader, and a Hindu mystic in India in the early to mid 1900s. He was instrumental in helping India gain independence from Great Britain. Gandhi was a Hindu, but at one point early in his life he was fascinated with the teachings of Jesus. Unfortunately, he never became a Christian. When asked why he didn’t he said, “I love your Christ but I don’t like your Christians.”
While studying the teachings of Jesus, Gandhi was struck by the obvious and blatant hypocrisy of the British Christians all around him. They loudly and piously proclaimed Biblical principles, but their actions stood in stark contrast to their words. To Gandhi, in British controlled India of that day, it seemed that there was little correlation between the teachings of Christ and the conduct of Christians.
This is the point God was making through the words of Isaiah in Isaiah 58:6-7. God expects our actions to match our words. Christian faith should manifest itself in acts of goodness, mercy, love, generosity, compassion, and grace. Regardless of what you profess to believe, it’s what you actually do that tells the real story.
Isaiah went on in verse 8: “Then your light will appear like the dawn, and your recovery will come quickly. You righteousness will go before you, and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard.” In other words, when your actions match your words, then your light will shine and God will be glorified.
The truth of your faith is revealed not so much in what you say, but in what you do. Actions speak louder than words.