Read Colossians 4
Focus on verse 6
Speaking with Grace…
Every once in a while I think that I should have named my dog Grace so that I could truthfully say that I often speak with grace. As it is, I have to admit that I too often forget to season my communication with grace. In today’s reading Paul reminds the believers in Colossae to “let their speech always be gracious”.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.(v. 6)
This is perhaps a timely reminder for us as America seems to be engaged in a civil war of words on social media. One does not have to look far to find harsh words expressing extreme – and often misguided – passion regarding one ideology or another. When one listens to those who lean to the left, one gets the impression that the current administration in Washington is dangerously incompetent. On the other hand when you hear those who lean to the right, one is led to believe that the nation has finally been rescued from the brink of economic and political ruin. Time alone will determine which side has a more realistic grasp on reality. I suspect our current president will either be one of the best or worst America has ever had. The one thing we can probably all be certain of is that he will most likely not be mediocre.
As for those of us who observe and make comments from a safe distance, it is perhaps helpful to be reminded that if we keep our speech (and FaceBook comments) gracious, and seasoned with salt, (the kind of salt Jesus referred to when he called those who followed Him “salt and light”) it is possible that we (the people) might just be a catalyst to begin restoring a measure of peace and unity that we all long for back to this great nation.