Declaring Our Faith
On this Women with Intention Wednesday, I thought I would share an older post again about INTENTIONALLY declaring our faith.
Choosing to intentionally declare our faith in challenging times can attract criticism, persecution–and in some parts of the world–imprisonment, torture, and even death. It’s a personal choice whether to keep silent, or to speak up and not apologize for our faith. In that case, we need to make our faith known with actions AND words. It’s important to honor our word so people can trust us and know we are reliable. However, we also need to back up our words with action. Intentions and words come up empty if we don’t support them with appropriate actions to reinforce those intentions and words.
So onto today’s inspirational thought…
“As Christians, it is important to make a declaration of faith with our actions and not just with what we say
we believe in our hearts.
People often say, ‘My heart is right,’ but people cannot read our hearts; they can only see our actions.
It is important that we show, with our actions, what we believe in our hearts.”
–Joyce Meyers in “New Day New You”
Words are powerful, but if our actions don’t align with our words, they can come across as meaningless and cause people to question our integrity. I’m reminded of Christians who have their religious bumper stickers and jewelry, but whose actions don’t give any indication of those alleged beliefs.
Yet, Christians and people of similar faiths in other parts of the world are suffering horrendous persecution, torture, and even death–genocide–simply for standing by their faith.
We need to decide how important our faith and the One we serve are in our lives. If we choose to profess our faith, then we really need to make sure our words, actions, AND our heart beliefs all align and present a positive declaration of our faith.
So What Are YOUR Thoughts?
Have you ever felt as if your words and actions don’t always line up?
How did or would you correct things?