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Sundown Devotional: Christian Walk Versus Talk

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Sundown Devotional: Christian Walk Versus Talk

Sundown Devotional: Christian Walk Versus Talk

The Devotional

  • Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? James 4:14 NLT

In his letter, James refers to the church as adulterers because we profess love for God at the same time we show love for worldliness. We can be friendly without allowing our friends to decide our values and behaviors. It is important that we walk our Christian talk before them, making it clear that our ultimate love and loyalty belongs to God.

James mentions some un-Christlike behaviors which make our Christianity questionable. Think seriously while you read them.

  • Discrimination: paying special attention to some people, while ignoring others (2:3,4);
  • Hypocrisy: preaching our faith in God's providence, while refusing to share with those in need (2:14-17);
  • Fights: engaging in quarrels motivated by selfishness, instead of promoting God's agenda (4:1);
  • Compromise: professing full time Christianity, but taking time out for a little worldly pleasure (4:4);
  • Criticisms: criticizing and judging fellow sinners, usurping a right that belongs to God (4:11,12);
  • Arrogance: managing our business as if we have total control, without any consultation with God (4:13-16).

Do we find ourselves rationalizing any of these behaviors? Or are we willing to admit that we've been misrepresenting God? None of our hypocrisy takes Him by surprise, and He is willing to forgive us; but He wants to do more than forgive. He wants to put His Spirit within us, to guide us into walking our talk. James outlines the process.

  • "So humble yourselves before God." Confess, repent and admit that we need His grace to enable our loyalty to Him.
  • "Resist the devil." Stand our ground against the temptations to be selfish, prejudiced, hypocritical, quarrelsome and all other un-Christlike behaviors.
  • Be intentional about maintaining our connection with God and watch the devil retreat as we draw closer to God (4:7.8).

Our attitudes, actions, even our friendship and media choices will demonstrate our Christianity when we completely surrender our lives to Christ. Even without preaching, our walk will talk.

Prayer: Dear God, please forgive our disloyalty. Help us to stay close to You and walk with You, so that we may joyfully demonstrate a walk that matches our Christian talk, in Jesus' name. Amen.

I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” ―James 2:18 NLT

I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” ―James 2:18 NLT

Ten Inspiring Quotes About Walking the Talk

  1. “If you cannot prove it by your action(s), you do not mean it.” ―Murad S. Shah
  2. "Powerful is a man who . . . knows how to show others the right direction, and ensure he follows it too. He who does not just talk, talk, talk; but walks the talk." ―Gift Gugu Mona
  3. “To have much faith, requires practice.” ―J.R. Rim
  4. "It’s easy just to talk about our faith and about the Lord. But God expects more than that. He expects us to obey His commands, to do the things that He says." ―James H. Feeney
  5. "Knowing what's right doesn't mean much, unless you do what's right. ―Theodore Roosevelt
  6. "We need not go to Nazareth, to Capernaum, or to Bethany, in order to walk in the steps of Jesus. We shall find His footprints . . . in every place where there are human hearts in need of consolation. In doing as Jesus did when on earth, we shall walk in His steps." ―Ellen G. White
  7. "Leave the talking and live by walking… It will yield an indelible impact!” ―Israelmore Ayivor
  8. "How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” ―James 2:18 NLT
  9. "When we've messed up, when we've hurt ourselves or others by our own selfishness, we should run toward God, not away from him! When we need mercy, we should go where mercy is found.” ―Laura Story
  10. "Christians who walk the talk will make the biggest impact on their world: be the person you proclaim you want others to become." ―Carl Crouse

Christian Conduct Poll

  • Sundown Devotional: Serving God With Our Influence
    We do not know her name. All we know is that she was a captured Israelite, serving as a maid. Yet, even as we wonder about her identity, we see her great influence over those with outstanding identity.
  • Sundown Devotional: The Sheep on God's Shoulder
    The image of the sheep on God's shoulder is the image of rescue and restoration for both the church member and and the churchless. God sees beyond attendance and abstinence; He looks at the heart.
  • Sundown Devotional: Dance Like God Is Watching
    Genuine praise seeks expression. Singing, shouting or dancing can happen whenever and wherever we take time to count our blessings. Let's worry less, praise more and include the dance.

© 2014 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 15, 2020:

Well said, Eunice. Thanks for reading and sharing your insight on this topic.

Eunice O'Garro on May 15, 2020:

Walk the walk not just talk. We ought to run to God for forgiveness when we find ourselves in all the sitiations describe but do we? Most of the time we do not. 'Cause we are selfish, arrogant and without humilty just to name a few. Let us turn to God and ask for his Mercy and forgiveness

Thank You.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 10, 2018:

Thanks, Anthony. I really appreciate you taking the time to read on comment on my articles (including this one). You have given me much encouragement.

Anthony. on August 10, 2018:

Great article.

James 4:1 WOW. Isn't that the real reasons for all relationship breakdowns, including the state of world affairs to the point of destroying our very planet ? All coming from our OWN "internal struggles"

Appreciate every word on this "walk versus talk" and you taking the time to write it. Need to self reflect more.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 02, 2015:

Rosualdo, thanks for your very kind comment. It is encouraging to hear from readers who are interested in this walk.

Rosualdo Ponce from Gawad Kalinga Village Ticad, Bantayan, Cebu, Philippines on June 01, 2015:

A God-breathed article. It gives light to have a great walk, not just talk with God. Great job! Thanks for the wisdom and insights. Voted up useful and more!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 31, 2014:

Thanks, MothersofNations. It pays to make time for reflection. Reflection does make us aware of how honest or dishonest we are.

Mothers of Nations on August 31, 2014:

Powerful article. Many times most don't notice some of these things until they take a moment to reflect. All great things to consider in your walk. God bless you.

Voted up & certainly shared!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 25, 2014:

Thanks, Ann. The verses from Matthew are very appropriate. Thanks for your input.

Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on July 24, 2014:

And the truth shall set you free! I love the book of James. You did a great job, MsDora. And I love the quote from Ellen White.

Jesus himself said in Matthew 25:37-40, "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 22, 2014:

Peg, I also see discrimination as a big deal. So many Christians think "In order to be right, you have to think and do what I think and I do, and they discriminate against those who oppose. Church, we have a problem. Thanks for your input.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on July 22, 2014:

The insight you've shared here about the Word is so valuable and needed in our world. As you've mentioned, it's not in our realm to judge the actions, words or deeds of others - that's up to a higher power. That's why I would say the biggest challenge is discrimination. When we decide our beliefs or actions outrank those of others, we are setting ourselves above other Christians. Even the early church faced this dilemma when issues of faith presented themselves.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 19, 2014:

Barbara, there are also other practical verses throughout the epistle of James, all relevant on the topic. Entirely a good read. Thanks for your input.

Barbara Badder from USA on July 18, 2014:

You've chosen some good verses here to remember. Thanks.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 15, 2014:

Manatita, good to hear from you. Thanks for your encouragement and your blessing.

manatita44 from london on July 15, 2014:

A great lesson in Spirituality. Your use of the scripture here and particularly James, is inspirational and meaningful. It's worthy of the praise that readers give and a lot more besides. May the Great One finds you worthy, and continue to bless your devotional and dedicated heart. Loving thoughts.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 12, 2014:

Pamela, I really appreciate your time and effort in offering such a meaningful comment. You have given my readers and me some additional concepts to consider. These messages benefit us first, and then those we write for. Thank you very much.

howtopam from Alberta, Canada on July 12, 2014:

Hi MsDora;

Very pleased to meet you!

I had to vote "hypocrisy" on this topic as it seems that most every other sin is encumbered by this one. All is summed up by the statement James made "be ye doers of the word and not hearers only." I can tell by your article that YOU understand completely just how there are many professing Christians who are hearers only. Many have even studied the scriptures diligently for years and can recite verses, chapters, and entire books, but do not behave as the Word commands. Criticism can be directly related to "not bridling the tongue" and therefore is hypocrisy as well for hypocrisy is the defined in the "hearing" of the Word without the doing.

We must remember though how we must remove the log from our own eye before we can see clearly enough to remove the splinter from thy brother's eye. Therefore, we must be first and foremost be focused on bringing our own nature into captivity by our Lord Christ Jesus and then if the Word be in us He will be revealed through us by our actions which will minister to others. Many are called but few are chosen. The gate is narrow and few there are who find it. If we desire to be ministers for Christ Jesus then we must first make our own path straight towards the narrow gate and then the light of Christ will shine forth to all from within our body the Temple of the Holy Ghost.

It appears that many desire the reward of eternal salvation, but do not want to pay the price of overcoming this world and the self that lusts after the things of it. Unfortunately, there is NO other way to the Kingdom of God accept the spirit of Christ be in you. And if Christ be in you then you do as the Word commands. For Christ said "why do you call me Lord and do not the things I say?" Let each person, therefore, work out their own salvation with fear and trembling by having the Word written upon their hearts no longer loving the things of this world which are temporal. For the spirit of Christ is an enemy of the world so how can one say they are a Christian, meaning that the Holy Ghost be in them, and still love the things of this world? If a person'a actions show love for the things of this world, then the spirit of Christ Jesus be not in them for what place has light with darkness?

Again I say GREAT article Christians need to think about these points that you have simply listed here because one's eternal salvation is a very serious matter that people need to clearly understand. Straight is the path and narrow is the gate that leadeth to salvation.

Pamela

howtopam

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 10, 2014:

Whonunuwho, thank you for your encouragement. I look forward to further mutual exchanges of our articles.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 10, 2014:

Cecile, thank you for reading and offering your feedback. True, right here, right now we can promote the beauty of the Christian walk and be effective.

whonunuwho from United States on July 02, 2014:

Thank you MsDora, and I am definitely a fan of your works. whonu

Cecile Portilla from West Orange, New Jersey on July 02, 2014:

Well done Ms. Dora. Thanks for highlighting the characteristics of true Christians. Agreed that we need not go far to walk in his foot steps. So true that we can do it right here by reaching out to others as he would have done. Voted up!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 24, 2014:

James, I visited your page and I am still guessing! LOL. Glad you like the article. The book of James is great for the beginner as well as the mature Christian.I appreciate you stopping by.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on June 23, 2014:

A good read based upon my favorite book of the Bible. (A cursory look at my hub page bio would give you some insight as to one reason why James is my fav) I apreciate the "straight talk" from the book of James and your hub.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 22, 2014:

Bongani, I appreciate your comment. You are right, there are other religious groups besides Christians who have the same problems. We're all humans with the same struggles.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 22, 2014:

Jodah, you quite understand the situation. I agree with you about our need to pray. Thank you for your contribution.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 22, 2014:

Froggy, glad you stopped by. Criticism is surely high on the list. Thanks for your input.

Bongani Sibeko from Johannesburg on June 22, 2014:

WoW! A great piece indeed! A heavy subject but well articulated and with a light touch.

I feel it's a combination of different factors that really pose a threat not just to those who see themselves as Christians but to people in general. You can name them, like selfishness, in fighting, competing with each other, hypocrisy etc.

These things are what really eat us out as humans and prevent us living our full potential.

It is indeed about character

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 22, 2014:

Great hub MsDora, many people professing to be Christians don't act the way they should, or as Jesus did. They criticise and judge others, profess one thing in church and do the opposite the rest of the week. We need to learn to accept others whatever their religions or beliefs and love and respect them, not try to change them. If we see other Christians doing the wrong thing we should try to encourage them and support them to get back on track. We should not accept the word of one or two mortal men who preach their interpretation of God's word as being gospel either. We need to question and pray to seek our own guidance from God. Very good hub, voted up.

Greg Boudonck from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong on June 22, 2014:

Great hub Ms Dora. Thank you for these insights. I had to vote compromise, because that is what I have seen as a huge factor anymore. Many Christians just let bygones be bygones.

Voted up

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 21, 2014:

You're welcome, Leslie. Thank you for stopping by.

Leslie A. Shields from Georgia on June 21, 2014:

Thanks for sharing MsDora....

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2014:

Lifegate, thank you for your feedback. Yes, we struggle in all these areas at different times. Criticism seems to hit a nerve.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on June 20, 2014:

Ho MsDora,

Criticism seems to be riding high on the poll, but that's really a tough question. For sure, they all play a negative part of the Christian life. So many things you mentioned, and so much self examination - thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2014:

Thank you, Sheila. It feels good to express what someone else affirms.

sheilamyers on June 20, 2014:

Awesome hub and I totally agree.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2014:

Thanks, Colleen. Every Christian has the right to his own judgment from God, not from another Christian. I am encouraged by your comment.

Colleen Swan from County Durham on June 20, 2014:

A balanced article about a controversial subject. So often we are preached to with dogma; its good that you have represented christianity with goodness.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2014:

Jan, I appreciate your input. Thanks for your votes, and your observation about my teaching is very encouraging.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2014:

Paul, glad you stopped by. We aim to "enjoy" the good and the right. Thank you for your interesting comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 20, 2014:

Faith, your comment is such a valuable supplement to my article. Thank you for emphasizing the crux of the matter: "that we are to look like Christ in loving others." I appreciate your encouragement.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on June 19, 2014:

Thoughtful and timely offering, MsDora. There are so many gems in the Book of James. Your presentation of truth helps one examine his or her own contradictions of character and behavior. You have a gift for straight-forward teaching without leaning in any extreme direction. So refreshing.

I voted discrimination as the greatest struggle for the Christian. Our American history has clearly shown this to be the case, no explanation necessary. Excellent hub, voted up and interesting.

Paul Odien Pruel from Philippines and Saudi Arabia on June 19, 2014:

Without criticism nothing to enjoy. And it happens to all religions normally. I liked your thought MsDora...

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 19, 2014:

MsDora,

I think every Christian should read this wonderfully written hub here, as a reminder to us all that we are to look different that this world looks. If we cannot love the least of these, then we do not know love, and as His Word tells us, we do not know God. I think all of the above behaviors you have listed are great struggles that harm our witness to others. We really do need to fully understand who we are in Christ and what that means. It is never a good thing when Christians start bickering over things, and it is, unfortunate, the one thing that truly turns away people from even having a desire to go to church. Many churches have so much bickering going on inside the church over things that have no eternal benefit for anyone. It seems they have taken their eyes off Christ, and we know what happens when we do so ... we start looking like the world. I am glad He is not finished with me yet, as I am a work in progress, just like the rest of us are, and yet I know the importance of being mindful that we are to look like Christ in loving others ... even those who are the hardest to love, just as Jesus did, but it was not hard for Him.

Yes, we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Voted up ++++ pinning, tweeting, Google+ and sharing

God bless you.

In His Love,

Faith Reaper

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2014:

Torrilynn, happy that you came by. Criticism is among the top struggles Christians have. We're all still growing. Thanks for your input.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2014:

Flourish, thank you for your input. Glad you enjoyed the article. I agree that hypocrisy is a big one.

torrilynn on June 19, 2014:

I would have to say that criticism is the greatest struggle. I thank you for this your for this article. Insightful.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 19, 2014:

I enjoyed your perspective and voted hypocrisy. We have many sad examples of it, in the media and otherwise. This was an intriguing and well written hub.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2014:

Denise, the message in your last sentence is valid. It means that we have to maintain our relationship with God, so He can give us that discernment. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2014:

Lady Guinevere, yes, words do hurt. That understanding as well as resisting the temptation to say anything despite the hurt it causes, comes with maturity. At the end of the day, we are primarily responsible for representing God even to fellow believers.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2014:

Jackie, I appreciate your comment. I am all for rebuking non-Christian conduct in a Christian; it is the flip side of encouragement. If you understood anything I wrote to oppose that, it is not my intention.

Perhaps, you refer to my sentence about backing off. People who have a prophetic gift will say something because it is their duty and they are in order. However, after they discuss with the wrongdoer, and deliver their message, they may want to give the Spirit some room.

I think we're on the same page with our accountability toward one another. We are our brother's/sister's keeper.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on June 19, 2014:

I think that the most difficult thing for Christians is compromise. There are so many half-truths floating around that we easily fall for them. It is important for us to see these for what they are, and that is ways to be deceived. The philosophies of men are often mixed with truths from the scriptures. Our ability to discern where to draw the line will determine our ability to continue our walk with God.

Debra Allen from West By God on June 19, 2014:

I was a bit leery of reading this as all I have read from so many others is constant criticism and arrogance from their standpoint. I could not pick just one. As I read these things I also thought of my thoughts and action in all of this. I came to the conclusion that I do not judge and I do let God do all that. I also do not spout dirty names at people when they have their own beliefs set by their own stage in their life and what they have experienced. I, on the other hand have been called names and judged and criticized and it hurts. They say words do not hurt, but I can assure you that they do.

I did read all of it and the comments too before I left this comment.

Wonderful hub with a good message for all of us, believers and non-believers alike.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 19, 2014:

I do agree with your concept though; we should do what we say. People can talk a good talk and then live another way. Forgot to add you always bring such good food for thought and couldn't retrieve my comment. Always great articles. ^+

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 19, 2014:

I have to agree and disagree Dora. We shouldn't be running around putting our Christian brothers or sisters down for sure; but if we see them doing wrong or offending us we should go to them and discuss it with them. We can't harbor ill feelings or let our sister go in a direction we know is wrong and I think the bible teaches that. To say to each his own is not from the bible and I think that is the attitude of many who call themselves Cristian and to me that is like saying go to hell if you want to; I don't care. We are to encourage each other but not in today's standards but the bible's. Our Lord got really mad once didn't He and told off some people really good. I think most call that righteous indignation and I think it can happen to Christians just as it did Jesus to see someone go so against what is right. How can we keep quiet if we represent God?

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2014:

Devika, there are others who chose the same thing. Must be something there. Thank you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 19, 2014:

I voted criticism. Often others are looked down at for not being the same and that really gets to me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2014:

Bill, thank you. I appreciate your one word.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2014:

Rachel, I agree with your every word. Criticism is very damaging, and we may not now to what extent. We just have to control our tongues.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 19, 2014:

Bravo, Dora. Bravo. That's all I need to say about this topic.

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on June 19, 2014:

I voted "criticism" in your poll as the greatest struggle, because that is what I see so often in my world. People can't stop themselves from criticizing me (and others in their circle of friends) - for their faith, their personal choices, the lifestyle, etc.

Our pastor asked our little Bible study group of 10 ladies this question 3 weeks ago. Do you think you are being helpful to others when you criticize others, pointing out someone's faults or choices? Do you think Our Lord would see that as being a good Christian?

He went to each one of us for an answer.

I answered something like this. I forget my exact words. I often speak while I'm thinking so that I rarely remember exactly how I phrase things.

I think criticism stems from not accepting others as they are. Criticism breeds contempt and hate, hence it is impossible to keep an clean heart as a Christian with so much condemnation living inside us putting down the ways and choices of others.

If we criticize others often - i.e. condemning them for something - our real thoughts dwell on our insides so that we pro-ject it to our outside. Sometimes you can just see "opinions" on people's faces before they even open their mouth.

We take on that which we condemn - it shows and comes across in our thoughts, actions, and ultimately in our outward appearance - what others see when they look at us. Criticizing others makes one turn ugly inside and out.

If we look to ourselves before we criticize and find we are imperfect (which we are), we should hold our tongues. Words of criticism hurts others, and does nothing to promote good fellowship. One can't think they are a good Christian if they intentionally set out to put others down through criticizing them for their choices.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2014:

Word, thank you for your very kind comment. Usually, I myself need what I write, and I pray that other people benefit. I appreciate your support.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 19, 2014:

Good morning MsDora, After all the bickering seen recently here on hp, your article here is at most, right on time. Every Christian in the world should read it if they want to be ready for the coming of Christ. This article was written as if God guided your hand Himself. Your spirit is very much in close touch... with God! I Thank God for your being here :-) Voted up, up and away. You deserve all the accolades today!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2014:

Eric, so good to see you. Glad to write for your enjoyment. Thanks!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 19, 2014:

Frank, it may just be, since all are guilty of hypocrisy to some extent. But again, we do not have all the facts concerning why people do what they do. Struggles are personal and some are weak where others are strong. The Christian has to submit every aspect of his life to God.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 19, 2014:

Excellent work here. I learned, I enjoyed and I can use this in my life. Thank you

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 19, 2014:

a wonderful share MsDora I do feel that Hypocrisy.. is the greatest curse for mosr Christians.. just wanted to get your take on it Frank

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