Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT)
5Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 6Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
“Actions speak louder than words.” “All talk and no action.” “Put your money where your mouth is.” And, even, 1 John 3:18: ”Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (NIV)
It’s true that talking about loving your neighbor isn’t as effective as doing it. You could tell everybody that you’re very concerned about the poor and homeless, but if you never do anything about it, what good is that?
But don’t discount the power of words. It is possible to love your neighbor with words.
You have undoubtedly been the recipient of both hurtful and uplifting words. The hurtful words really hurt, but the uplifting words are just as powerful.
Think about a time when somebody said, “Good job,” or “That was great,” or “Congratulations,” or “Good luck.” Didn’t that make you feel awesome? Perhaps the coolest part about it was that the person didn’t have to bother saying anything to you at all, but did.
You have opportunities every day to love your neighbor with a kind word. As it says in today’s reading, make the most of every opportunity.
If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.