God is my conscience, Jesus lives in my heart… this blog is about what I see, what I think, what I do and how I serve God
Thinking Towards Sunday; 12 October 2014
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What power do words really hold? According to research 55% of communication is non-verbal, 38% is in the tone and only 7% is communicated by the actual words.
The words, “Preach the Gospel: use words if necessary” are attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, a monk who lived at the end of the 12th century. Obviously there is something about St. Francis’ comment that resonates through the centuries because we still quote him today, more than 800 years after his death.
Preaching the Love of God, the Grace of Jesus and the Renewing Presence of the Holy Spirit is not about communicating information into someone’s mind; the Good News is about imparting the Love of God into their soul. God is encountered in our attitudes, actions, and reactions much more clearly than through the words we are saying or what we write on our blogs.
St. Francis of Assisi knew that words are powerful; he also understood that the content of our hearts and souls carries a much more powerful testimony to God than anything that we say. Our friends and neighbors who don’t know God, know us. You may be the only Bible that someone will ever read and the only ambassador for Jesus some will ever see. Your friends and neighbors read you and observe your life. Nobody wants to be on the receiving end of an evangelism and outreach project. Most people, however, want and crave an encounter with the living God and genuine faith.
Does God fill every nook and cranny of your soul and every fiber of your being? How does the presence of God inform and direct your life? Does the Love of God, the Grace of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit shine through your actions?
In Romans 10:17 Paul wrote, “…faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” What do your friends and neighbors hear when they observe you?
“Preach the Gospel always, use words when necessary.” (Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi)