Col 4

Scripture:

 

[5]Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. [6]Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

 

Observation:

 

Don’t let an opportunity to share the Gospel slip. Be ready at all times to share, knowing that it takes wisdom to know how to act to outsiders. Telling of God’s Grace is not enough. It needs to be wisely seasoned with salt.

 

Application:.

 

The Gospel is not only all about Grace. There is a perfect balance of Grace and Truth. Truth can be the seasoning with salt. Salt preserves, salt enhances flavor – adding salt to a conversation with an outsider, and to Christ followers for that matter, is to give biblical truth in the conversation even if the truth may be hard to handle

 

Wise conversation will have a good balance of Truth and Grace. Someone once described the proper balance of Grace and Truth with that of a trapeze artist walking the high wire with a pole where one end is loaded with Truth and the other with Grace. If not balanced correctly, it won’t end well. I think this is our preparation for conversations with others, whether they are Christ followers or not – be ready to converse with Grace while not dancing around Truth.

 

Having the proper balance shouldn’t make us nervous. Wisdom will come from the Lord through His Word, through prayer, and directly from the Holy Spirit. We have easy access to all three!

 

Prayer:

 

Lord I love You. Let me always be obedient to You when I speak with others. Keep me prepared and let me speak of biblical Truth and Grace in a humble manner pleasing to You. In Jesus holy name I pray, amen.