Actions Speak Louder Than Words


troy-koehne-med-2013The conversation started something like this. “I’m tired of people telling me God has a plan for me, and God will see me though this. People are not helping, I have lost my faith.”

How sad.

Sometimes I think that God’s people need to put up or shut-up. Now I know that’s harsh but it’s the truth. We think we have all the right words to tell people, but does it really help? Not really.

Yes, the words we share might give us something to think about but how does that help our situation?

To the person who has lost everything, telling them to trust in God, and he will take care of them is like giving someone an umbrella in the midst of a hurricane. It just doesn’t work.

Job had some friends and God rebuked them for their counsel. They didn’t help Job as he struggled. It was somehow his fault that he was going through his trial.

You know, when Jesus said to love one another, I don’t think he meant spouting off a scripture and walking away was what he had in mind.

The Bible tells us to love one another as Christ loved the church who gave himself for the church. He died so that we wouldn’t have too.

Jesus gave his life.

That is our example.

He gave. We don’t.

If we do, it’s so we can get the glory. Not God. We have become so self-centered that if we don’t get the praise then we won’t do it.

Those who are struggling continue to struggle and they fail to see the love of God, and in most cases they move further from the presence of God because of us.

I will admit that sometimes we don’t know what to do. Some people have so much pride they don’t want help but we are still commanded to love one another.

When was the last time someone actually saw Jesus in you? Jesus told us in John 15:8 (KJV) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

I love Ray Gano. He is true example of this verse. He doesn’t have much, he is supported only by what comes in every month. Earlier this year, we found ourselves with no income, and we lost the house with nowhere to go.

Ray stepped up to the plate and began to support us. Some days we only got a couple of bucks, some days we got a few more. But every day he sends us something. He could have easily have said some verse but he didn’t. He showed the love of God because he was willing to lay down his life for his friends.

His actions spoke louder than words.

And therein lies the problem. We want our words to speak louder than our actions. If it’s going to cost us something we don’t want to do it.

We don’t want to get involved.

Why is it so hard to make a meal for someone? Why can’t we take the kids for a day while a parent looks for work? Christmas is coming, let’s pool together and play Santa for the kids. Let’s buy the ham and turkey with all the fixings.

Do you know why you want someone else to do it? BECAUSE YOU DON’T CARE!

That’s what it really boils down to, doesn’t it? You don’t pray for them. You don’t ask God to allow you to be a blessing. You want to live in your own little world and do nothing.

Shame on you. Shame on me. We have all failed to let our actions speak louder than words and the sad part boils down to we just don’t care.

There are people God puts in our path so that we can be a blessing to them but we don’t. We don’t trust God, we don’t believe his word, and we don’t want to get involved.

Why is it that we will stand up and fight against things like Common Core or Abortion? We will give money to programs like the United Way or the Salvation Army but when your neighbor loses their job, you turn the other way.

When they are in a car accident and can’t get around, you don’t offer to help get them to a doctor appointment.

Laying down your life doesn’t mean you have to die for them but it does mean giving of yourselves.

James 2:26b (KJV) …So faith without works is dead also.

Tell me Christian, where is your works to back up your faith? Yes it’s the Christmas season where we will all mostly do something in the name of Christmas.

So what happens when Christmas is over?

Loving one another is a full time job. It’s about putting someone else’s needs in front of your own.

People need to see Jesus in us. So close your mouth, open your heart and let them see Jesus in you. Let them see your actions and not your words.

Love them like Jesus would, and be willing to give your life for them. God will take care of you so why not be a blessing to others.

Show them Jesus in you… you will be glad you did.


By Troy Koehne