Hollow Words

“Every abstract word is hollow until we pour life into it. Honor, glory, sacrifice, loyalty, love, joy, peace, courage and endurance, faith and faithfulness, democracy and brotherhood, justice and mercy- what are these?

Words. Abstract words. Hollow words- until we fill them with deeds, with life, and hence with meaning…

The great words of the Christian faith—grace, forgiveness, redemption, faith, hope and love—are all hollow words until we pour our Christian experience into them.

Yes, the great words are hollow; and yet filled full of life, they could shake the world again as they have done in the past, not as disembodied sounds, however correct, but as poured-out life penetrating to the heart of the world.”

—  J. Wesley Ingles

One thought on “Hollow Words”

  1. As a blogger, myself, I have often tended to see it this way. To me, nothing I say is of value unless I make the picture real. And, yes; I often fall short.

    The false prophets of Israel long ago, were no different looking than many today. Perhaps the proof is in the pudding as I watch what is going on in the church today.

    I think there may be a few pastors who might want to be looking into craetive recipes with locusts and wild honey!

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