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Actions Speak . . .

Titus 1    Jeremiah 13-14    Psalm 125

“They profess to know God, but they deny him by their actions” (Titus 1:16). The words refer to those who taught that Christ-followers must abide by Jewish laws and traditions (v.14). They also call to mind the phrase, “actions speak louder than words” and provide a point of focus for today’s scripture readings. Let’s contemplate the relationship between the profession of faith and the actions of our lives . . .

“Those who trust the Lord . . .” (Psalm 125:1) are on solid footing; protectively “surrounded” by the Lord (v.2). And for what purpose? Well, in large measure, “so that the righteous might not stretch out their hands to do wrong” (v.3), and thus, by their actions, “turn aside to their own crooked ways” (v.5). Which is precisely what Jeremiah’s people have done (Jeremiah 13:10). As have those who are “upsetting whole families” of the church in Crete (Titus 1:10,11) . . . leaving them “good for nothing” (Jeremiah 13:10) and “unfit for any good work” (Titus 1:16). Trust in the Lord, clearly, is a matter of more than words. “Those who trust in the Lord” confirm — or deny — that trust by their actions . . . The word is both warning and invitation: How, then, is it with us? How do my words and actions match up? How do yours? Is our profession of trust in Christ confirmed or denied in the actions of our daily lives? And how shall we respond today?

“Hear and give ear; do not be haughty . . .” (Jeremiah 13:15). It is the reoccurring invitation in the story of God-with-us: Be responsive. And honest. Take responsibility. And repent. “Give glory to the Lord your God” (v.16). Today. And how? With word and action. May we hear and respond, trusting God’s grace and peace in Jesus Christ. And may we give glory to God with word and deed. Amen.

“Those who trust in the Lord
are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved,
but abides forever.”
— Psalm 125:1

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