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Sundown Devotional: Christian Walk Versus Talk

MsDora, a 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

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© 2014 Dora Weithers

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