In Colossians, Paul talks a lot about relationships. He talks about relationships with fellow Christians. He also talks about servant and master relationships. He even talks about our families and how to treat our spouses and children. In today’s chosen verse, Paul talks about being wise in the way we act toward outsiders, non-believers, foreigners of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“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 anyone.” – Colossians 4:5,6
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Our conversations are our primary relationship builders with other people. If our hearts are full of love, our mouths should follow. And if we are full of joy and confidence, like adding salt to food we add some flavor to our conversations. We are interesting. We are lively. We are passionate. We are “in the zone”. We are bringing our “A” game.
Paul says our conversations are an opportunity because people will often judge what it is like to be a Christian based upon their relationship with us. So let us strive to live our lives worthy to the one who died for us. Let our hearts be full of love, our minds full of peace, hope, and joy. Let the Spirit of the Lord overflow in us, that others will see the freedom and joy that only comes through relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
I call you blessed.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this Word today. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, that we might have the courage, wisdom, and power to take on anything or anyone that comes across our path today. Let obstacles shatter in the sight of Your Presence. Help us to live amazing lives, that others will be drawn to know you. Let the words from our lips be filled with your goodness. Fill me with your breath. Guide my every thought, my every word, my every deed. Let us honor you in everything that we do. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 1 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 18-19; Colossians 4
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” – Hebrews 12:1-3
- “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14
- “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2
- “But that is not the way you learned Christ! – assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:20–24
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