I read Melanie's blog post about her- My word for 2012: Give and I wanted to continue on with my own personal post what my word for 2012 is....
As you can tell Act is one of my favorite words...it's included in my blog title - A Mother of Action.
The word Act from the Webster's 1828 Dictionary states:
1. To exert power; as, the stomach acts upon food; the will acts upon the body in producing motion.
2. To be in action or motion; to move
He hangs between in doubt to act or rest.
Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let [not] arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD [is] a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 1 Samuel 2:3
We all know that phrase, "He/She was caught in the act." To me, this can be a positive OR negative situation.
In the Bible, we see that there are examples of both (good and bad) but as the verse goes, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. Romans 8:28
As a woman, I lean more to the women of the Bible, and I believe we can learn a lot by paying close attention to these few examples. One lesson that sticks out...
Is the woman caught in the act.
In John 8:4, "They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act."
This is when Jesus has conflict with religious leaders who were trying to stump His take on the belief and morals in the eyes of Law. They (religious leaders) had already broken the law because both the man and woman who had committed the adultery would be stoned, not just one party...
They were trying to stump Jesus. Silly religious leaders...
Back to the story (and this is what I love), Jesus STUMPS them. What we sometimes fail to see, as humans, Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and ending, the Almighty! TEAM JESUS HERE!
Jesus would not condemned this woman, He was showing His love and compassion for people. He said,
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. John 8: 4-11
One by one, they were convicted of their own sins and then left. Her act of sin, caused her to be saved by Jesus. Now, it's her decision to ACT for good. No doubt after her salvation, she thought about her actions. What she did from that moment on was to either ---act for good or for bad.
As a woman of God, I choose to act for good. My actions are being looked at by
So I choose to act for Jesus. To follow him. To act Christ-like.
More than ever in our present time that this rings true ~
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12
Throughout the Bible, we read and re-read the blessings and/or consequences to our own actions and how they relate to the people around us and that's fascinating to me. It also makes me realize why we homeschool and what I need to be for our boys.
Actions speak louder than words.
It's my actions that prove that I follow Jesus.
**Thank you Melanie for creating my button: My Word 2012: Act