Friday, December 14, 2007

Conveying the Love of Christ

“Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:5-6 NASU).

Wisdom: (a) Understanding what is true, right or everlasting. (b) Having the ability to apply knowledge to the greater benefit. (c) Good judgment.

Here we understand that we are instructed by God’s Holy Scripture to conduct ourselves toward those who are not of the faith with an understanding of God’s truth; and also seeking to possess the ability to apply that knowledge to the greater benefit of the unbeliever; using good judgment “making the most of the opportunity” in proclaiming the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Grace, like salt, purifies and preserves; thus our speech should always be of the nature of grace, never harsh, abrasive or abusive, but always reflecting and conveying the love of Christ. As salt destroys impurities and thus preserves, let our speech be such, to oppose the corruption of sin, leading to the preserving of the soul. Let our conversations be with such sound judgment, that we may discern how to treat the prejudices and meet the objections of all who are without faith in our Lord Jesus. Selah.

James C Sanford

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