Actions speak louder than words.
We mean that they are a closer indication of the real person, a better window into the soul.
Words are comparatively cheap. They can easily deceive.
Whatever he may claim, the person who disobeys God does not actually and truly know God as God. If he did, he would bow unquestionably to God's authority, wisdom and power.
He would say, "God knows best and that is the way I want to go."
In fact, every time we refuse to obey God, we accept the slander against his character which lies at the root of all temptation.
We are saying that we actually know better than God, and that simply means that we do not actually know God well enough.
For truly to know God is to love him. And truly to love him is to obey him. There can be no substitute for this.
We need to be on our guard against self-deception in this, because we can all so easily be deluded, especially if we are relying on the subjective evidence of our feelings rather than the objective truth of God's Word.
1 John 2:3-6
- David Jackman