“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Colossians 4:6
I don’t always or even often, do well with this . . . letting my “speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt” . . .
I tend to speak before thinking. I have been known to be guilty of having more interest in being right, than being gracious.
The truth is, I do not always have to answer every thing. Whether I agree with what a person saying or not . . . whether what is being said is right or wrong . . . I first need to ask myself why I’m answering the way I am. I first need to seek God . . . before speaking . . . before writing . . . before sharing . . . because at the end of the day, if being right, if setting the record straight, does more damage than good, is it worth it? If it pushes people away from God rather than closer to Him . . . if it hurts my witness . . . then it most certainly is not.
God made us each unique. We have different personalities, different passions, different ways of reacting and responding . . . I believe those differences were very intentional on His part . . . and that means that we can love God and Jesus, and yet, have very different feelings about the same situations (I’m not talking about moral and biblical absolutes here . . . wrong is wrong and sin remains sin . . . that doesn’t change). We can disagree about what we believe and how to handle certain situations and voice our opinions about those things, but we need to first seek God on how we should do that. And rather than stand in judgment because our friends and acquaintances think differently, we, can offer grace upon grace. And yes, we can season it with salt, with truth, but we must remember that a little salt goes a long way, and it’s much more difficult to overdo grace than salt. And at the end of the day, the world would be a rather boring place if we were all formed from the exact same mold.
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