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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)

TITLE: Does Your Language Match Your Speech?
By Pamela Hackler


As Christians, we somehow think that just because we wear the "Christian" Badge, it makes us better than everyone else. We lose sight of the fact that we were once sinners and only by the grace of God have we been saved; not because we were "somebody," but because Jesus laid down his body for us. So, we get saved and immediately start learning the lingo…you know, hallelujah, amen, praise God, if the Lord wills, the Word says, etc. and we get very good at saying the right words - the Christian sounding phrases - so good in fact, they just pop out of our mouths without even thinking.

I've often wondered what the scripture meant that says to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." Some think that means we live by a certain standard, set by ourselves, of what it means to us to be a Christian. But, really I think it means just what it says, "to work it out." What is truly on the inside will work its way out to the outside. We may say all of the right words and/or phrases, but what is working out of us when a driver cuts us off and we immediately start yelling at the person (like he/she can hear us) and speed up behind the person to give him/her a piece of our mind! We blow the horn and chase them down the road filled with anger, and yes, even rage just to get our point across and let them know what they did was wrong! Or, the person taking our order at the drive-thru window doesn't get it right and we feel the strong need to give them a piece of our mind so they will never do that again.

In these situations, it is very clear that our speech does not in fact match our language. We say all the right things, but our body language is screaming loud and clear that our minds have not been renewed by God's Word at all, and we are merely playing the part of a Christian and not showing the world, through our language, that the love of God truly dwells within us. As the old saying goes, our walk does not match our talk.

Our language speaks volumes when we sincerely love people, no matter who they are or what they look like, not based on what they do. When we sincerely don't mind giving of ourselves and of our time to help someone in need. As believers in Christ, the language of our lives is to walk as Jesus walked and show others what it means to live a new life, transformed by the power of God. Let's get out there and start making disciples of Jesus Christ!

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Jacquelyn Horne02/28/08
Very good and encouraging devotional. Keep it coming!
Joanne Sher 03/01/08
A good message for all of us - I like your use of real-life examples. Keep writing!
Jan Ackerson 03/01/08
Excellent devotional, with very valid points about hypocritical behavior.

Ironically, you decry the use of "Christian-ese", but you also used a bit of it in your opening and closing paragraphs. If you re-write this, think about brand new ways of expressing those familiar Christian concepts, perhaps?

I like your title, and this would be a great opener for a Sunday School class or small group.
c clemons03/02/08
I'm sorry but I'm not getting the title. Wouldn't language and speech be the same thing? I think you mean what's really in a person's heart does not match what they are saying. There is a scripture that says that too. Anyway I understand the sentiment of the article, keep writing.