I want to write briefly about the importance of what we say and do. I do not want to look at this subject in the light of salvation; or in the light of receiving salvation. I want to look at this subject in light of our hearts and lives being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit as a result of the faith we have placed in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The law of sowing and reaping permeates the Old and New Testaments. Our words and actions are seeds we sow that produce harvests that are temporal and eternal as well as spiritual and natural.
Mercy, Grace, Forgiveness and Regeneration have eliminated the eternal reaping of what we truly deserve because of sin. We were redeemed by Jesus Christ; He paid the price demanded by God’s justice for sin. The blood of Jesus Christ has broken the power of sin – when we surrendered our lives to Christ; sin’s power was broken in our lives.
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. (Romans 6:1-4 NLT)
I want to focus on that last sentence “now we also may live new lives.” Who you were is dead. You are a new person in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is this new life that requires good deeds and good words. Jesus never asks you to change your nature in order for Him to accept you. Jesus asks that you surrender you life to Him so that He can give you a new nature. Once we have been born again our lives should bear spiritual fruit because our hearts have been made new.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 6:22-23 NLT)
Because Jesus lives in me; Jesus should be coming out of me for the world to see and hear. People will listen to the message we speak but they will believe the message that we speak and live. What we say and do illustrates for the world what truly lives in our hearts.
A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. (Luke 6:43-45 NLT)
People who have known us for a long time after we have come to Jesus should not be surprised to hear that we are believers. Our words and actions should illustrate the change that He has made in our life and should be both salt and light for their lives.
Put the Word in your heart and it will manifest itself in your words and actions. What we say and do reveals who we are. Focus on making sure that your heart belongs to Jesus, that your mind is filled with His Word and that you are in communion with God through worship and prayer. When we do these things we will bring good things out of the good treasure of our hearts for the world to see.