Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders, make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Col 4:5-6
Treating outsiders, those who are not in Christ, well is important. Remembering I too was a sinner without love or hope is important. Christians have to be cognizant of how we act toward other people. Ask the question do my actions match my words? And do my words match the Gospel? If they do not match then I have lost the message of Christ.
We have to pay attention to what we say and what we do. Peter tells us to monitor ourselves and our Gospel well so that we don’t lose credibility. Outsiders have to see the change and difference in my life. Not that I am perfect, but that I am different than the world. To do this my conversations must be seasoned with salt, full of grace and answers for our faith.
Full of grace. Grace, that which I do not deserve. Giving forgiveness where it is not deserved is a good start. Giving out forgiveness to those who need it most, but have earned it the least. That is a big challenge in everyone’s life. But it grants freedom to those who can give it out freely.
Seasoned with salt. This means picking your words carefully, but more, it means listening to people. Understanding their situation and showing actual empathy. It also means listening to listen, not listening to respond. Save your thinking for after the person is done talking so you will know how to respond to them.
Finally, having an answer. When people see the difference in you they are going to ask why or where did it come from. Have an answer, from your life and from the Bible. Match the changes in your life to the Biblical commands. Show people that you are serious and that the Bible is true and right and good for all things in life. If we can have conversations like that, full of grace, salt and knowledge, we will convert the entire world.
To God be the Glory,