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Matthew 9:1-8

After getting into a boat he crossed to the other side and came to his own town. 2  Just then some people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, son! Your sins are forgiven.” Then some of the experts in the law said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming!” 4  When Jesus saw their reaction he said, “Why do you respond with evil in your hearts? 5  Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 6  But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – then he said to the paralytic – “Stand up, take your stretcher, and go home.” 7  And he stood up and went home. 8  When the crowd saw this, they were afraid and honored God who had given such authority to men.

The teachers of religious law called what Jesus said “blasphemy.”  They taught to themselves that only God could pardon someone from their sins.  These religious leaders did not know the authority that Jesus Christ had bestowed upon him by God.  Jesus knew that it is easy to say someone’s sins are forgiven in from of a crowd, but to exonerate him of his sins and heal him was another.  Jesus knew that without action, words are just empty promises.  So Jesus backed up His word by healing the man and told him to get up and go home.  That man stood up and went home.

Jesus’ miracle of healing backed His words of forgiveness.  This showed the people that His words were true and that His words had authority.  Have you ever heard the saying “talk is cheap?”  I often wonder if it developed from this very situation.  The lesson Jesus is teaching us is simple.  If you do not have any actions supporting your words, no one will listen to you or respect any authority you may have.  If you say you love and follow God, but never takes the steps to show Him love and respect or even try to live a godly life; your words are empty and you will push more people away from God than bringing to Him.  

This is a problem I have been seeing in our Christian community today.  So many people can memorize bible verses and preach the word of God.  However, they do not understand the depth of His words and do not emplify them in their daily living. This is a important issue that we must face and fix.  I am not calling anyone out or trying to disrespect others.  I just want to know why we have become so religious?  When did religion replace the love that God bestowed upon us by giving us His son to wash away all of our sins?  We are called to be Christ-like brothers and sisters.  We are not called to preach and judge others because their past sins and actions.  Jesus teaches us to love one another and to build each other up and never treat people without the respect that they deserve.

So take some time today ad think about my message please.  Make sure you learn this lesson from Jesus and use actions to back up your words.  As a Christian we are held at a higher standard because we have dedicated our lives to serving God and others.  We will always fall short, but this is not an excuses to not try to be the best version of you that you can be.  So always back up your words.