Action, Action, We want action, A C T (clap, clap, clap) I O N! This was a cheer in which we shouted throughout my grade school years. It is a cheer like all those others repeated over and over in which you never forget them and they are like glued to your brain. I cheered in the fifth grade but gave it up in middle school because being more of a tomboy, I like basketball because of the action nevertheless you can never forget those repetitive cheers.
Action defined means doing something toward goal, movement, an act, accomplishment, performing or achievement. Jesus spoke to his disciples one day about the action performed. It all boils down to a heart issue and to a mouth issue. Have you ever been around someone who thinks and talks negative but they are unaware of what they do? I have been with people who love to talk about others but try to disguise it in a way of exposing faults with passing judgment on another person. When a person is judging someone else, the first thing they do before mouthing about something is they say, “Well, I’m sorry but so and so….blah blah blah”. By their own witness, they already know that what they are about to say is wrong, yet they regurgitate their negative beliefs about someone else. I don’t know about you, but I get tired of being puked on with other people’s judgmental attitude.
Jesus said, “Don’t you understand yet? Do you not understand that whatever enters the mouth passes into the stomach and is afterwards ejected from the body? But the things that come out of the mouth proceed from the heart, and it is these that defile the man. For out of the heart proceed wicked thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, perjury, and impiety of speech. These are the things which defile the man; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile.” Weymouth New Testament
You see, in this story the Pharisees or the religious people of the day were offended because Jesus didn’t follow tradition in something as simple as washing their hands before they ate bread. How many people of this day are like the so-called Pharisee? They want to discuss what traditions you are breaking or pass judgment with the form of slander or gossip disguised as idle talk.
In the natural, whatever we put into our mouths will go into our stomachs, is broken down for nourishment and the rest is passed through and out of our body as waste. If the food makes us sick, we get nauseated and then proceed to puke. It comes back out of our body by an action of unnatural ways and usually through our mouth. Jesus told us that breaking a tradition is not what defiles man but it is through his actions with the words of his mouth. When one wants to pass judgment on someone else or downgrade a brother or sister in Christ, it is that person who is corrupted because it comes from his or her heart.
So don’t forget, when you hear the words, “I’m sorry,” before a statement is made, be ready and take note of why the statement is being made. Don’t agree with the statement but re-route the conversation into an uplifting and encouraging one. Then change the subject. I have found if you stay around someone too long with negative heart issues, then you will be sucked into the negative conversation. I have learned to walk away. ACTION is a powerful word. It can be used for the positive or for the negative. Whatever the action, it forms the results of words (action) or fruit and you will know people by their words or fruit because it comes from the heart. Jesus wants all of us, including our heart. Once our heart is completely sold out to Him, the actions will be of love.
Prayer: Lord, give me wisdom to choose words wisely. Let my heart be one with Yours so my attitude and actions perform the positive. In Jesus Name, Amen.