Colossians 4:5,6–5)Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6)Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
When chefs season the food they’re preparing, their goal is to bring out the flavor already present in the dish without overpowering it. That requires great skill. Perhaps this is what Paul had in mind when he wrote to the Colossians. In his letter, He reminded them that when we engage with one another, and especially with those who are “outsiders,” we must have grace–“as though seasoned with salt.”
In extending grace, we offer something that God generously gives to each of us. There are many opportunities to skillfully and gently “season” our relationships by offering a listening ear, meeting a physical or financial need, or studying together and challenging one another intellectually. Thankfully, the Lord will help us discern how to do this. We just have to ask for His help.
Think About It
Do you ever struggle to “know how you should respond to each person? (Col. 4:6)? What makes doing this so difficult? *** Have you ever found yourself hesitant to ask for God’s help? Why or why not? ***Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any hindrances you may have.***