Seasoned Speech-

Jun 21, 2024 | Growing in God's Grace

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders;

make the most of every opportunity.

Let your conversation be always full of grace,

seasoned with salt,

so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Colossians 4:5-6

 

What a wonderful reminder to let our conversations be full of grace and seasoned with salt.

This can be difficult for us, right? Especially if it is someone who rubs us the wrong way, like sandpaper. But isn’t that how God tests our own hearts sometimes? God often brings hard people around us. We don’t always agree with them. They say things that really bother us.

How do you and I react in a tricky situation like this? Do we offer grace? Do we ignore the person? Can we overlook and speak graciously, anyway? We always have to be careful that a root of bitterness towards a person who irritates us doesn’t start growing. That gives Satan a foothold.

Our goal should always be to glorify God in our speech. What a high expectation that is, but with God’s grace empowering us, it is possible, otherwise the Bible wouldn’t advise us that way. Our goal is to bring out the best in people. We must not use put downs or cut others out of our lives.

As Christians, we need to persevere in prayer as we aim to please God in this area of our lives. We need to conduct ourselves in a fashion that sets an example toward unbelievers. Yes, we fail. We need to make this our goal. It is good we have these standards to live by or else we would not know our need for God’s grace to help us in our times of struggle.

Sometimes we can be careless with our speech, this can affect those who don’t believe in God. Hopefully, they will understand that only God is perfect, humans are not. As Christians, are not off the hook. We have to keep making it our goal to change if we struggle with ungodly speech. Perhaps this is an area to do some serious work?

As we are sincere in our faith, we will make it our goal to perfect our speech more and more with God’s help so that we can imitate Jesus more and more. We will never be perfect. Our goal is to lean on grace to change our speech.

Sometimes we encounter someone on our daily travels who blows us away with the way they speak. It is awful to hear, full of swear words, ugly, filthy words coming out with every breath.

The opposite of this is kind, godly, tender words that edify the other person.

Have you ever had someone truly gracious say something totally uplifting to you? I had that experience yesterday and I told my husband about in the evening. Those words made a good impact.

We have a choice in how we speak or neglect to speak. May it be the desire and goal of our hearts to reflect Jesus in how we speak, offering words of grace and light to those on our path daily.

With that, wishing you all a beautiful and blessed weekend!

I won’t be posting next week since we are away but I will be back on Tuesday July 2nd.

Stay strong in God’s grace, and daily in His Word.

Sincerely;

Liz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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