Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. (Colossians 4:6)
What’s gracious speech like? Ever had those conversations where you could get more sense from a brick wall? Patiently you let the other know that you have heard them and you understand what they are saying … yet it has no effect at all. This is not the message that it’s alright because they’ll understand … maybe they never will. This is a thought to suggest that even in these trying circumstances, look to bring the best out of the other and at least you’ll end the conversation in peace. Then you can go get that much needed drink!
So the wonder of words. With the above statement you might get the impression that I’m referring to a stiff shot of something alcoholic and in a very real way I am referring to strong Spirit. That for me is the wonder of words and where it can lead to and where we can take it. The verse in question says different things in different versions, which on the one hand is useful and on the other can be left open to all sorts of interpretations. What I do get from this verse though is the need to make the most of our time and use every conversation to express the love of God to others. It’s to be expected with people who have yet to acknowledge God’s grace that their approach may not be positive to Christ and issues to do with Him, but out ability to still respond from grace and show them what He looks like through our conversation and lifestyle can leave an impact.
For His Name’s Sake
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