Actions Speak Louder
According to the way I see things, actions says everything. You can talk as much as you want until you’re blue in the face. However, if your actions don’t line up with your words, you are truly wasting my time. I come from a place where a person’s words and actions mean a lot. They are important. If someone tells me that she has my back and she’s going to do something, I will believe her. So I sit back and wait and watch. I listen and I observe. Two things will happen. That person will either be a woman of her word or her action and words will contradict one another. Should they differ, I’m done. As wrong as it may be to take this approach, I will find it extremely hard to believe anything else that proceeds out of that individual’s mouth. (Pray for me!) Her words would be meaningless to me. Why? Because her actions told me everything I needed to know. Her words were loud while her actions remained silent.
In today’s passage, Isaiah gives us reasons behind Jesus’ crucifixion. We learn God’s true purpose (motive) for sending His one and only Son. Why did God send Jesus? For love. It’s that simple. The entire chapter of Isaiah 53 gives us a beautiful picture of what real love is and what it does. It describes to us what true love will do and how far it will go. Isaiah shows us how insanely in love our Father is with His creation.
When looked at, Jesus features and appearances were unattractive to us (Is. 53:2). They were so unappealing that when we saw Him, in disgust we turned away (Is. 53:2-3). We rejected, mocked, and ridiculed Him. We shun Him away from our world, which was the world He created. But the ugliness we saw, the disdained we felt about Him, was our own sin. He bore our iniquities.
God so loved the world (John 3:16). His Words speak about His great love for us. Yet through His Son, Jesus Christ, His actions spoke even louder. Not only did He say I love you, you are My beloved, but God said, I’m going to prove to you just how much I love you.
“He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.” (Is. 53:7, NLT)
Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, we thank You for loving us. Your love is indescribable and mind blowing. On the cross You showed us how much You love us. Now, Father, show us how to love like You. Help us forgive others who have wounded us with their words and actions. Teach us how to give You more than just lip service. We want our actions, motives, and lives to be driven by your amazing love. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Your sis & encourager,