Thursday, October 2, 2008

Put on your Sunday best cuz we're going to church!

Words, Deeds, Heart...

Words are a unit of language that carry meaning by definition. Though they are sometimes small, like the word "no", they can carry quite a meaning. And likewise, just because a word is multisyllabic does not mean it is any more important. Case in point, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I am a self proclaimed lover of words. I think that they are fascinating. It is intriguing to me that a single word can potentially explain a moment, a feeling, an experience.
Words are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 says, " The power of death and life are in the tongue". Likewise, "A wholesome tongue is a tree of life." (Prov. 15:4) and "The lips of the righteous feed many" (Prov. 10-21) We have the ability to build people up or tear them down just by using words. That is a tremendous amount of power just by opening our mouths.
Words set to music often evoke feelings within us that may otherwise lie dormant. Greeting cards and poems can sometime express the words that we feel, but are unable to formulate ourselves.
Our "word" is our vow, our promise that we make to someone else. By reciting words to one another and an officiant, we are able to commit ourselves to each other in marriage. A union that is meant to last a lifetime merely by the exchange of words.
Through conversation we get to know others, and through the written words on this page you are able to delve deeper into my current thought process.

Yet, words alone are all too often what you will get. Words without any action to prove them to be so. Words without action essentially are void of sincerity. Take the wedding vows I mentioned earlier, by word you are committed, but it is by your actions that you thrive in your marriage. You can tell a person that you love them, but if your actions do not align with your words, those words are empty. Your actions must be in alignment with your words. Much like James 2:17 tells us, "Faith without deeds is dead". We are saved through faith in Jesus Christ, we don't have to DO anything it is a free gift (Ephesians 2:8). It is what we do once we are saved that proves our faith and shows others to whom we belong.

So where do the actions, words and faith come from? The heart! "...For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" (Mat 12:34). The words you speak and your actions say a lot about the current condition of your heart, for better or worse. We are talking fruit here people. Matthew 7:16 say, "You will know them by their fruit. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?". You mean I cannot just say I'm a grape and get to be a grape? Darn it!!! If only it were that easy.

This is a video to a song by Casting Crown's called "Lifesong". I think it sums up what I am trying to say nicely.

"So may the words I say ,and the things I do make my lifesong sing Bring a smile to You!
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, let my lifesong sing to You!"


Anonymous said...

Oh my. I wasn't prepared for this. WOW. You've been thinking about that! Good job with the references, etc. You could teach a class!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I think it's kind of funny that the post right before it was titled, "No Words, Just This". :)

DeAnna said...

Wow girly!! Nice little lesson on words. I liked what you had to say about words. Very nice!!

DeAnna said...

One more thing. I opened my Bible this morning and it opened to a verse that is highlighted in Bible. Jeremiah 15:16 - When your WORDS came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty.
I like "coincidences". :-)

TracyP said...

Wonderful Wonderful Post!!!! Love it:)
And ....I located the Sassafrass Whimsey Woods! Not Sold out yet!!! Tallscrapper has some:)


Jen said...

Coming by to check in...cuz you told me that I need to do so!!! ;)
Thank you for your sweet comment.
You are a blessed friend from above, indeed!
And this post!!!
You knock my socks off! Truly.
I love how we can inspire one another AND spur one another to good deeds with the love of Christ in our hearts.
All through words and a little blog! :)


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