August 16, 2022 – Tuesday
Colossians 4:5-6 NIV
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.
What do you think of when you read the above verses? Does it help to know in the prior chapter he gave instructions on how to live as Christians, in the home especially. There he named the wife, the husband, the children, and the parents. Then slaves and into this chapter masters and how they are to treat their slaves.
With that background Paul then directly advices v2, Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. This he follows with a request for prayers for him so that he might share the gospel even while in chains and do so clearly. Next Paul gives direction to the Colossians and to us in vv5-6, our verses for today, 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.
Verse five almost speaks for itself, Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. The outsiders are non-Christians and as Paul asked for prayers so he might share the gospel clearly even while in chains, he wants the Colossians and us to also share the gospel making the most of every opportunity, but to be wise in how we do so and how we act toward outsiders. If someone needs help, help them, and then share the gospel. If someone needs comfort, give them comfort, and only later share the gospel.
To make his point about this, Paul added, Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Matthew Henry said about our conversation with a lost soul, Though it be not always of grace, it must always be with grace. No matter what the conversation entails, let us always exhibit grace in our conversation, talk of salvation and grace can always follow. We know the grace we received, let that knowledge season our answers to those we speak with. Matthew Henry wrote, Grace is the salt which seasons our discourse, and keeps it from corrupting. It is so easy to start thinking we are better than some poor soul when we should remember every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
No matter how well we are living our lives in the will of God, we need to always remember the grace we received was a gift, a gift we did not earn, a gift we did not deserve. Nonetheless, it was there for us as it is for everyone else. Let us always keep that in mind and let that season how we converse with others – with humility and kindness. Bottom Line: Let the grace we have received be evident in how we live and work with others.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help me to never be prideful about the wonderful gift of grace You have provided for myself and everyone else. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton