You may have heard people quote St. Francis by saying “preach the gospel and if necessary use words”. I know what the phrase can mean, but I think people quote it more these days so as to excuse them from communicating absolute truth from the Bible. It is, after all, God’s word that is living, active and able to give life to our weary souls. So while we do need to do good deeds to back up our words; I encourage you to consider this thought; How about… “Preach the gospel and since it is absolutely necessary, deliver God’s truth in LOVING words which may include good deeds.” It was the apostle Paul who said, “How will they know if they don’t hear it preached”. Further, Jesus said, “MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.”
May you find time reading a verse or two (or even a chapter) during the week. Look for songs that have bible verses in them—hey! This station does that! Lastly, pray for your pastors to preach and teach God’s word well.
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