“Actions speak louder than words.”
“What you say doesn’t matter, only what you do.”
These maxims say the same thing. Words are useless, whether written or spoken. They have no value and no weight. Only deeds, or actions, matter. Is there a worldwide conspiracy against words? I think so. And I hate it!
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The Greek word for “word” here is Logos. It means ‘the thought’ + ‘the expression or utterance of that thought.’ In Christ, word and deed meet as one. There is no hypocrisy, no lies, and no divorce. We can trust him. What God says, he will do. When he speaks, miracles happen. This is why “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10).
We’re created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Yet we’re not like God at all. Satan hates Jesus Christ, the living Word of God. Thanks to Satan’s temptation of Eve, we’re fallen creatures with a sinful nature and a deceived heart that likes to deceive (Genesis 3, Jeremiah 17:9).
Unconverted, we are hypocrites and we often lie. We say ‘yes’ and mean or do the opposite, both with God and others (Matthew 21:28-31). Our sinful nature makes us think God is like us (Isaiah 55:8). When we find out that he is not — that God is holy and true, and we are not — then we mistrust and distort his Word, both written (Bible) and spoken (Jesus Christ). No wonder the world hates the true, living Word of God. It’s full of hypocrites, liars, and deceivers!
God knows our nature. That’s why Jesus said that deeds count more than words. Only those who do the will of God, not just call him “Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 7:21-23, cf 21:31-32). Does this truth nullify the power of words? No. Jesus also said that we must give an account for every idle word (12:36). By our words we will be justified or condemned (12:37).
“In the old days, a man was as good as his word.”
Here’s the truth: a good man is always as good as his word. Such a person has been converted to Jesus Christ and become a new creation. He or she then daily submits to Christ through the Holy Spirit. This person “speaks the truth in his heart” (Psalm 15:2). If we want to love and trust words again, both our own and those of God, we must repent!