Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014 “Small Talk”

“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.”(Colossians 4:6)

Good Morning My Dear Friends!

Most likely, at some point of the day, you may be engaged with conversation with someone. It could be at work or at home, or on the phone. Most of the time, our conversations with another are not particularly “weighty”. Mostly, what we have to say could be categorized accurately as “small talk.” We may talk about last night’s world series game, or about some place we like to eat. We may talk about our children, or our general health…the subjects are limitless. But even in our small talk, we are communicating something of ourselves to another person. In this passage from Colossians, Paul admonishes these new Christians, instructing them with the words, ““Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.” What does that mean to you and me as we converse with someone? I think it means that our speech, be it small talk or discussion of more important matters, should be consistent with the fact that we identify ourselves as Christians, and serve as a reflection of the values we hold. Our speech must always be gracious. There is no place for inappropriate or crude speech. To speak with grace means to say what is spiritual, wholesome, fitting, kind, sensitive, purposeful, complementary, gentle, truthful, loving, and thoughtful.

Paul also says our speech must be “seasoned with salt.” What could he mean by that? I think it means that a believers’ speech should act as a purifying influence. Salt also adds flavor, and the speech of the new man should add charm and wit to conversation. Finally, Paul says that in our speech we should know how you should respond to each person.” Saying the right thing at the right time is important in conversation. Most of us have made the painful discovery that there are times it is more appropriate to say nothing than to espouse some opinion without regard to the consequences of the words we utter.  The everyday speech of the believer is vitally important. Unlike those who do not know the Lord who believe as is written in Psalm 12:4 “Our lips are our own: who is lord over us?”, we as believers should reflect the words found in Psalm 141:3, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”  Let’s pray!

Holy Lord God; My prayer is that of the Psalmist…”Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips”, that in everything I say and in everything I do, I may say and do those things graciously, as is befitting of a child of the King. This I pray in Jesus’ blessed and holy Name. Amen!

 

 

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