Grace, With A Little Seasoning
Today’s scripture selection: Colossians 3-4
Key verse: Colossians 4:6
I like how the apostle Paul says this to some of his fellow believers:
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
He’s talking about more than just how they should “converse” with one another.
He’s talking about all of us – and how we should treat one another.
On the one hand there is grace – a full dose of it.
Everyone needs grace in their life. Everyone needs someone who will listen to them; empathize with them; offer them a little forgiveness and more than a little understanding. Where would the world be without our offering grace to each other? I believe it would be in a far worse state than it already is.
On the other hand, grace cheaply offered – offered without “truth spoken in love” – well, it is cheap indeed.
As much as we need grace, we need others who will challenge us as well – call us – to be the best that we can be. And that means that sometimes, we need someone who won’t let us off the hook too easily. Confrontation can be caring in the deepest sense.
So let’s take Paul at his word – and his challenge.
Let’s be always careful in our dealing with others – careful and balanced. May we offer grace when needed. May we also offer honest, even “salty” counsel when needed.
That’s how we can have “conversations” that are both honest and compassionate.
Prayer: Lord, help me listen so that I can sense the need for grace. Give me courage so that I can honestly confront the wrong when I hear it. Teach me the virtue of balance in all I do. AMEN.