Tempered with Grace

Walk in wisdom toward others, making the best use of the time.      Colossians 4:5 

In the 1970s, there were some so-called religious people who claimed the Lord would return in 1980. Many were sufficiently embarrassed to not make such a prediction again. However, as the world turns to more evil, many Christians say that Christ’s return could be soon. There is truth in that, but a believer’s comments should always reflect the truth of the Bible rather than speculation. 

The apostle Paul was well-educated and could probably speak as well as any man, but he was always quick to request prayer that he might present the message of the Gospel in the clearest possible way. When he spoke in Athens, he did not insult the philosophers of the day, but he was very clear about God, the Creator and Sustainer of life. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). He quoted one of their poets to let them know he understood their philosophy. He proceeded to deliver the message of the Gospel and many believed. 

Paul’s words in today’s verse bid you to make the best use of time with those within your sphere of influence regarding how you approach sharing the message of the Gospel. Each person is different. “Let your speech be gracious,” not boring, but “seasoned with salt” so you can have answers that engage that person (Colossians 4:6). Through prayer, God will provide wisdom in your speech and opportunities to share His good news. 

Always be prepared “to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). Intercede for leaders that their speech would be bold but tempered with grace. 

Today’s Verse: Colossians 4:5 

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: 1 Peter 3:10-15 

10 For 

“Whoever desires to love life 
    and see good days, 
let him keep his tongue from evil 
    and his lips from speaking deceit; 
11 let him turn away from evil and do good; 
    let him seek peace and pursue it. 
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, 
    and his ears are open to their prayer. 
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 

13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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