daily verse: Ephesians 2:8-9:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest anyone should boast.
DAILY DEVOTION, October 30, 2022
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one (Colossians 4:6)
It is said that first-century Jewish rabbis referred to wisdom as “salt”; something that is both a preservative and is tasty. Be that as it may, the first part of the verse is very clear. Paul refers to how we are to speak as Christians. He gives us a hard lesson to follow. Whenever we speak our words should be covered with grace – – – gracious. Paul uses the word “always.” Couldn’t he have said “most of the time?” No, inspired by the Holy Spirit, he tells us to constantly mind our words. May they always be gracious.
When a waitress is rude or forgetful, speak graciously to her. When someone insults you, respond with gracious words. When your spouse fails to meet your expectations, speak graciously. When things don’t go your way at a board meeting, be gracious. This is a difficult command to follow. We seem to regularly encounter situations which call for angry words. Bite your tongue! Solomon wrote in Proverbs that a soft answer turns away wrath. We need to always remember; God has been gracious to us. Let us be gracious to one another.
Father, You have been so gracious to me. When my sins called for my condemnation, You graciously sent Your Son to redeem me. May the words of my mouth always be gracious. I pray in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.