Do your actions speak louder than words?

I was scrolling through facebook this morning and came across scripture posted from a friend. That’s great!

Well, yes and no.

Here’s why:

This friend’s most recent post was a “like” to the Playboy page. So at 1 a.m. he was professing to know God then at 3 a.m. he was chasing after fleshly lusts.      1 Peter 2:11 says “Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;” That says to me, that we, (as Christians) are strangers and pilgrims on Earth. One of these days we plan on being in heaven, right? So we need to abstain (STAY AWAY FROM!) fleshly lusts. Why? Because they war against the soul.

Pretty simple, but easier said than done. When you become a Christian there are some things that need to happen in your life. There needs to be a change, a newness.

Romans 6:1-4 says “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”

LISTEN TO THIS “GOD FORBID.”

“How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

If you profess to be a Christian you are saying that you don’t want to be a sinner…you don’t want to live in sin, and you shouldn’t live in sin.

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.”

Just as Jesus was raised from the dead by God, we should be raised from our sin (death) and walk as a new man (or woman).

Sometimes you will fail, but pick yourself up, dust yourself off, ask the Lord to forgive you and go on! Don’t continue in sin.

Now, here’s why it’s not so simple:

1 Corinthians 5:11 says “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”

We don’t change the company we keep. We shouldn’t shun our old friends, but you shouldn’t hang out with them anymore. If you play around the pig pen, your chances of getting dirty are pretty high. If you hang around your old drinking, partying friends, your chances of drinking and partying are pretty high.

Now spiritually older Christians, here’s where we come in. We need to help these Christians out. We need to befriend them. Have them over for dinner, meet at the park with the kids, play tennis, go bowling do SOMETHING that will help them to establish their Christianity with Christian friends. Don’t watch them go back out in the world and be snared by Satan. When Saul was converted, the disciples were afraid of him and didn’t want him around. Acts 9:27 says “But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus” If Barnabas hadn’t spoken up for Saul, the disciples wouldn’t have befriended him. We need to speak up for new converts, and even those who have been saved a while, and take them under our wings and befriend them like the disciples did Saul, even though they were afraid. It’s never easy to get out of our “comfort zone” but I’m sure that scourge, the crown of thorns and the nails didn’t feel so great either.

Let’s let our actions mimic our words!!

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