As we mature and grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding, we’ll realise just how accurate the phrase “action speaks louder than words” truly is. In addition, the relation of the phrase to the words of the Bible that advise us to not just be hearers of the Word but also doers, perfectly correlates. James 1 vs 21-23 says “Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;…”

We sometimes feel certain emotions towards people, situations, and so on, but thetrue evidence of said feelings is in the actions carried out regarding them.  If you have some money on you that you can spare to help an individual out, actually giving that individual shows you care rather than merely uttering the words “I care for you”. It’s rather simple. Elizabeth Bourgeret said “Life is too short to be around someone that says they love you but doesn’t show it.”.

In the same vein, George Akomas Jr. said, ever so succintly “Walk the walk…talk ain’t necessary”. This hits the nail on the head concerning the message of this subject. The message is also applicable to the way we live our lives. We all have certain beliefs and ideologies (which should correlate with how God sees things), but isn’t it more effective in upholding dignity, in “being yourself” and living for God that we actually live out what we believe in? This significantly eliminates hypocrisy and deception in our lives, and gives people an image of who we truly are. Anyone can express an idea, belief and so on, but you can ascertain whether they are genuine by gaining evidence of them actually practicing it or living by their words. However, in no way should we be focused on other people’s lives and what they do because we have our own to live.

We should all be at, or be working to get to a place where our actions make no contradiction to what we say or even what we believe in. It’s like when you’re trying to apply for a job, and you paint the best picture of you- hardworking, diligent, etc; only for you to get the job and it is revealed that you aren’t so hard working and consequently not the person you said you were. You won’t exactly have the best reputation with your employer.  Let’s be doers of the word and not just hearers.

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