Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Actions Speak Louder – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 19
19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Actions Speak Louder
The Bible gives us many different examples about how servants are treated when they make mistakes. I did say mistakes, this shouldn’t be confused with servants that have wound up acting wickedly against their masters. We can find plenty of that as well.
There’s a big difference (Biblically speaking) in how the servant’s master would respond, whether it be correction or punishment against wickedness. Particularly when considering Biblical times, actions speak louder than words.
People who have ever been in a position of authority can relate to the truth behind this verse. If someone is caught stealing at the workplace, they’d lose their job, and depending on what was stolen, legal matters would ensue against the person.
If someone accidentally broke something of equal value to what was stolen out of being ignorant, a variety of different courses of action could take place. Termination, re-training, re-positioning, demotion, and a week or two off without pay, are a few of the most common actions that a company might take when someone winds up costing the company.
Actions speak louder than words in situations such as these, because you can talk all day long, and an employee will likely say in return what you’ll want to hear. If you’re all bark and no bite, eventually nobody winds up fearing the dog.
Costing a company money isn’t a big deal when there’s no big deal made, or no action taken to prevent it from happening again. A good foreman or boss will determine the appropriate actions to take in order to correct an employee in a meaningful way.
One size fits all is an unfortunate approach that larger companies practice, and in my opinion is a good way to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Smaller companies can take the time to get to the bottom of a matter.
Maybe Bill is having issues at home, and needs a few days to straighten himself out? Perhaps there is something bothering Fred that is causing him to do things differently, and needs to see a doctor?
What if Joe and Steve hate each other’s guts and are having to work next to one another, neither can think straight because of it and wind up destroying things from not having their mind in the game? Betty is doing her tasks hardheartedly and messing up from time to time, being clearly miserable with her job. Maybe she’d be a better fit in a position that she’d be just as qualified for?
These are all questions concerning employees that have already proven their ability to go their tasks, but are being affected by different things going on. Yes, one of the many hats a boss must wear is social worker.
Give Bill some time off to sort out his affairs with hopes that he comes back all the better for it. Send Fred to the doctor to get that shoulder looked at so he can get it fixed & come back fit for the job. Separate Joe and Steve, and talk to Betty and see if there is any other position that she’d be interested in should it become available.
Again, these scenarios assume that the employees already know what they’re doing. There is a whole different set of things for someone who doesn’t.
Actions speak louder than words, but do not exclude words. Words need to be backed up with action.
And this brings me back to the Word of God. (Yes, I went through all of the above to get to the following…)
The apostles of Christ did their fair share of talking to people. But they also were able to back up what they preached by how they lived, and the actions they took. Paul tells us that he didn’t come with words only, but also with power and demonstration.
Many of us use the words yet remove ourselves from the power and demonstration part. Or we wait for it to come.
Actions speak louder than words in the Christian community. Romans 2 is a good chapter to dwell upon concerning this.
In this chapter, Paul speaks to those who hold others to the commands of Christ, yet fail to do the things that they preach. He speaks to those who condemn, yet the same are fit for condemnation.
James teaches us that faith without works is dead. If someone comes to you needing a coat, and you pray over him and believe in God to get him a coat, then send him on his way without one, what good is it? Give him your coat off your back, or find him one that you’ve got tucked away in the closet!
Words get the ball rolling to determine what actions need to be applied. The best training is by way of demonstration.
The actions we take that others observe, will shape their opinion on not merely ourselves, but on the Lord as well. Parents are often blamed or held responsible for the actions of their children, right? How often is the Father blamed for the stupidity of his children?
How we conduct ourselves is the same thing. Actions speak louder than words, particularly in the realm of Christianity.
However, we shouldn’t only give thought to how others perceive our actions. Don’t forget that there is one with you at all times, who is bound by an oath to be with you always. Our very Lord and Savior observes to see what kind of actions you’re taking in public, as well as those you do in secret.
We have no servants under us to have to instruct in Christ Jesus. We are the servants. But there is a world out there that needs Jesus, plain and simple.
What better way to instruct than by demonstration of the fruits of the Spirit, and the character of God Almighty himself as presented to us in his Word?
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 20: King James Bible
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Matthew 21: King James Bible
28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
Romans 2: King James Bible
1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. 2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
1 Corinthians 2: King James Bible
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
James 2: King James Bible
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Thank you for your Word, and your care for all of us your children. Help us Father, to be seen rather than heard. To faithfully present ourselves to the world as your servants, dwelling within it yet not of it. Strengthen us however necessary Father, to adhere to your characteristics, and to shun those of the flesh, and those of your enemies. May we ever become better representatives of the Kingdom of Heaven as each day passes. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever noticed that though actions speak louder than words, our words don’t always coincide with our actions?