The Power of Your Actions

Our behavior has a lot more influence than most of us think.  That’s why it is so important to make sure that we are living our lives as positive examples.  We have to show those around us what it means to live a godly life.

A godly life is not a perfect life. It does not mean that we will always get it right in every decision … but to live a godly life means we are trying to the best of our ability to show that we belong to God.

You see, your actions speak.

When you remain in peace when problems arise – you are saying, “God is in control.”

When you refuse to make wrong choices with peer pressure around you – you are saying, “God has something better for me.”

When you don’t get angry at your boss for looking you over for a promotion – you are saying, “God is my resource.”

When you remain faithful to your spouse when friends are being unfaithful to theirs – you are saying, “I am going to honor the covenant I made with God.”

Your actions speak.  They say much more than the action … because behind after action there is a reason for it.  Your actions SHOUT your beliefs.

I love what the Psalmist prayed, “Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees” (Psalm 119:5).  In other words, there is such power in our actions that we have to work very hard to make sure that our behavior reflects our beliefs.

Jesus is teaching from a mountain. He tells the listeners: “You are {say, “I am”} the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:14-16).

Jesus is telling this crowd – your actions affect those around you.  Notice, if you do good, if you do the right thing – everyone else will celebrate God.  In other words, there is power in your actions … power to help others raise their praise!  Power to show someone the love of Jesus.

Power to encourage … power to motivate … power to inspire … there is power in your actions!

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