Words Lead to Actions

1 john 3:18

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. — 1 John 3:18

I used to teach elementary school, and each year for the first few days all I did was teach the classroom rules to all the students. We would practice walking in line, how to go through the cafeteria to get lunch, and how the overall rules worked.

My words would instruct them and they would act in response to that. That is the definition of obedience.

You already know by now that your words have power and can create life or death. The other thing your words can do? Cause action. What you say can lead others to act.

I mean, take this whole devotional for example. Here I am, sitting in a hotel room in Charlotte, North Carolina, writing about the power of words. And there you are, wherever you are, responding to those words.

Words lead to actions.

If you tell yourself over and over how ugly you are, your actions will reflect that. If you keep speaking life over your sister, she will act in confidence. That’s why it is important to use your words well; they are going to lead to action, in your own life or in someone else’s.

Your words, my friend, are so powerful. Please, don’t forget that.

TALK TO GOD Dear God, as I seek to live and use my words to glorify You, help me to remember the power of what I say. When I speak to others, and when I talk about myself, I want those words to lead to actions that further Your kingdom.

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Your Turn

How are you using your words to edify those in your sphere of influence?  How are you leading others to action with your words? Please join the conversation on our blog! ~ Devotionals Daily

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Annie F. Downs

Annie Downs is an author and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. By weaving together personal stories, humor, and Scripture, she invites the young women reading to experience fulfilled lives with a God who made them on purpose and loves them deeply. When she’s not writing books or traveling for speaking events, Annie spends her days writing all over the internet---blogging at AnnieBlogs.com and incourage.me.

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