Daily Archives: January 24, 2019
Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February, when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Grace For All | Marianne Toovey
Here, Paul is encouraging the Colossians to uphold Christ’s example when dealing with non-believers by being gracious and responding wisely to them. But I think this is advice we should infiltrate into our dealings with all people, believers and unbelievers alike, no matter how we may differ from the people we interact with.
Earlier this week, I was dealing with a situation in which neither myself nor the other person was communicating very well. It was so frustrating and my temper was nearing its boiling point. Eventually, I just backed away, following Thumper’s advice that “if you can’t say nothing nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Which, I guess that’s better than saying something in the heat of the moment and regretting it. But how nice it would have been if I had remembered my word “grace” and had been able to let my conversation be gracious and attractive so that I’d have the right response.
God, thank You for Your grace. I’m not a lost cause because I messed up. But please help me take the grace You’ve given me and generously extend it to others. I do want my conversation to be gracious and attractive so that I’ll have the right response for everyone. Make it so! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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