Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6

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In Colossians 4 Paul is wrapping up his letter to the people in Colossae.  He is reminding them that even though he is in chains, he is still proclaiming the gospel.

He goes one step further and asks the readers to pray for him so that he may have more opportunities to tell others about Christ.  Then he asks that prayer be made for him to convey the message of Christ as clearly as possible.

He then turns to us as believers.  He reminds us to be wise in the way we act to people.  He tells us to make the most of every opportunity that we are given.

Have you ever asked someone to pray for your witness?  Have you ever asked that someone pray that you would have an opportunity to share the love of Christ with someone that day?  Paul does.

Paul is reminding us that no matter what our circumstances God can still use us.  Here Paul is chained up and he is still looking for ways to proclaim the gospel.  It is a great attitude that all of us could learn to put into practice.

We live nice lives compared to what Paul is going through, so it is wise to listen to what he has to say.  He tells us to make sure our conversations are full of grace.  Think about that one for a moment.  Do people hear you complaining about politics, news or whatever or do they hear your words showering grace?

Words are powerful.  The way we talk to ourselves and the way we talk to others shows our character. When our words are full of grace, love, and kindness we show that we have a confidence that surpasses understanding.

Paul compares our words to salt.  Salt adds flavor and brings out the true essence of taste.  We are to bring out the true essence of others.  We are to sprinkle them with grace so that they may see our Father in heaven and believe.

In this world of hate and hurt, we need more people having conversations full of love.  We need to use words that build people up and bring people together.

The Bible is a book of unity.  If people truly understand the power they hold in their hands each time they read God’s word, they would have conversations that bring people to redemption.

We live in a fallen world and people are hurting.  They want healing, but they don’t know how to ask for it.  They have a God-shaped hole and are waiting for someone to show them what fits.  Use your words wisely and show them the way.

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6

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