Several years ago, I was driving home from college for Christmas break and rammed into the back of a car as I exited off of the highway. (For the record, it was completely my fault.) I remember the horrible pit in my stomach as I pulled onto the side of the road to “meet my fate.” Was this guy going to yell at me?? Take advantage of the situation by making me pay more than the damage? Would he sue me for “neck injury”?? Who knows!
I was expecting the worst, but to my delight, the man whose car I smashed into was incredibly GRACIOUS toward me, unusually kind, and unbelievably understanding of the situation. WOW!!!!!!! What a relief! I can’t emphasize enough how much his reaction blessed me and blessed what could have been a very ugly situation. (I found out further into the conversation that he was studying to be a pastor.)
“Walk in wisdom toward those who are unbelievers, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech ALWAYS be GRACIOUS, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” - Colossians 4:5
The Bible tells us that believers are called to always live on mission. In Colossians we are reminded to (1) live in a way that establishes credibility in the faith. In other words, we should practice what we preach… and (2) that we make the most of every evangelistic opportunity to share the gospel and reflect Jesus Christ in our interactions with strangers.
This Christmas while we are bustling through busy malls, waiting in long lines, and stuck in traffic jams, let our responses be “gracious, seasoned with salt.”
GRACIOUS: To speak what is spiritual, wholesome, fitting, kind, sensitive, purposeful, complimentary, gentle, truthful, loving, attractive and thoughtful. (Eph. 4:29-31)
SEASONED: Salt not only flavors, but also prevents corruption—the Christian’s speech should act not only as a blessing to others, but as a purifying influence within the decaying society of the world.