Action

December 27, 2018

“The Life in Christ, however, is not a life of intention—it is a life of action.” (Archimandrite Irenei)

 

“Christ’s Resurrection is, strangely, not so much about Christ as it is about Christ’s action.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

 

“Our standard for building up others is Christ Himself. His life and example, received and shared with others, will always edify them “according to Christ Jesus” (Romans 15:5). Let us measure every scrap of our intentions and actions toward others using the Lord as our standard. In Christ we find sufficient reason to bear with the weaknesses of others (Romans 15:1), be patient (Romans 15:4), and labor at strengthening others in many different ways (vs. 4), sharing with them what we have in Christ (Romans 15:5-6). Our constant aim should be to glorify God and treat others with kindness, remembering how the Lord is kind and merciful to us (Romans 15:7).” (Dynamis 7/15/2018)

 

“The lesson for us today is that it is not talk that saves us or condemns us, but action. If we speak well, but our actions do not glorify God, then what good are the words? On the other hand, even if we don’t “get it” at first and we do wrong, if we repent and come back and do right, this is what pleases God.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

 

“Faith, hope, and love are three Christian virtues Paul links together in other letters (1Co 13:13; Col 1:4, 5). These virtues are connected to actions: faith works, love labors, hope produces patience, showing that salvation goes beyond attitudes to action." (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Thessalonians 1:3)

 

“The difference has been a tendency in the West to say, “It’s the thought that counts,” while in the East it’s what you actually do that matters.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

 

“‘It’s the thought that counts.’ We have all heard this, but it’s not true. It’s the action that ultimately counts. Christ tells us this Matthew 7:24 and in the Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32). James writes, ‘But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.’ (James 1:22-24). It is easy to deceive ourselves that we do good by having compassionate thoughts but if they don’t translate into compassionate actions what real good are they?” (Sacramental Living Blog)

 

“We must be people of prayer, Bible study, and worship, but eventually we must get out and do the work God has in mind for us. He wants to change the world through us…” (Life Application Study Bible, Haggai 2:4)

 

“We always fail in our faith when we reduce it to mere ideas. It is meant to shape our hearts, our homes, and our communities.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

 

“...many great religious heroes were people of action, doers of the word and not just hearers.” (Lillian Daniel)

 

“Do your actions indicate true faith? Before you fall into discouragement, remember that God knows your heart better than you do. He wants you to be healed. To be free to be the person of faith you were created to be, you will need to choose the dual path of repentance and action—mental assent isn’t enough.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

 

“Our actions speak louder than our words…God will require each person to account for his or her actions.” (Life Application Study Bible, Proverbs 1:8, Genesis 9:5)

 

“Keep in mind that you must always be setting an example through your moral life and your actions. For the sick find and recognize good doctors, not just through their words, but through their actions.” (St. Anthony of Egypt)

 

“Many of the deepest truths of Christianity become clear when we put our faith into action; in the doing, believing makes sense…When an aspiring saint asked Mother Teresa, “How can I be like you?” her simple response was, “Find your own Calcutta.” She understood the core of the Christian life—the truest knowing comes in the doing.” (David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons)

 

“Faith is not just knowledge. It is action. James 2:17 reads “so, faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” Works do not save us without faith. Faith and works go together in concert with God’s grace in order for one to attain salvation.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)