Matching Word and Deed

HisFamily Ministries

Who hasn’t heard the old phrase, do as I say, not as I do.  It’s a common ‘excuse’ some parents make in teaching their children… that somehow their words are worth following but their actions should be ignored.  Obviously most of us realized the error in this statement.  Your words only hold value if your actions support them.

Sherman Smith (of ’76 Seahawks) tells a story about how his words and deeds were not matching up.  Ken Hutcherson had led him to Christ but his conversion had failed to actually change Sherman’s actions and attitudes.  So one day Ken comes to Sherman’s home and asks him in almost a hush hush voice… “Are you a Christian?”  “Of course” Sherman responded.  But Ken’s response shocked Sherman.  He said, “Well stop telling people that!” and walked off.  Hutch’s point was that Sherman was ‘telling’ people he was a Christian but his ‘actions’…

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