Tag: Words

Our conduct, not our words!

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

Robert L. Dabney

“Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27

We profess a difference between ourselves and the unsaved, as radical as that between light and darkness, and almost as wide as that between Heaven and Hell.

But in all the visible and practical concerns which interest the unrenewed heart–we nearly resemble them.

Our words say that we believe riches to be vanity and emptiness.
Our acts seem to say that we love and seek them as intensely as those do who make them their all and their god.

We say in words that “here we have no continuing city,” but in act we are as eager to adorn our dwellings here as though they were our only home.

What is the result? The world believes our conduct, and not our words!

“What kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.” 2 Peter 3:11

“So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe!” Philippians 2:15

by Grace Gems

When Words and Deeds Conflict

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:18–19

In the working out of God’s eternal purpose the society of the first Adam and the society of the last Adam, though utterly opposed, may for a while coexist, but not for long (Hebrews 12:26–27). The flesh may admire the spirit while refusing to go along with it, or it may misunderstand the spirit and believe that it is itself spiritual while actually sunk in corruption.

The latter, I believe, explains the present popularity of Christ in the world. The contradiction between Christ and unregenerate society is sharp and irreconcilable, but the contrast between society and its own mistaken conception of Him is scarcely noticeable. So the world can cherish its image of Christ and ignore His commandments without a qualm of conscience.

What should seriously concern us, however, is not that the world praises Christ without obeying Him, but that the church does. The men of this world go their way careless of the teachings of Christ, but in doing so they are consistent with their position. They have made no vows to the Lord nor taken His name upon them. But when a Christian ignores the commandment of Christ, he is guilty of sin doubly compounded. He violates holy vows, is guilty of rebellion against God and commits the grotesque sin of calling Jesus Lord with his words and denying His Lordship with his deeds.

by A.W. Tozer