Sharing another important lesson I learned recently about my reaction to disrespect.
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This blog post was written yesterday. But today, as I logged in to edit and publish, the entire post was deleted. I took it as a prompting from God to use wisdom and not prematurely discuss a situation that hasn’t been resolved yet. So here goes the more graceful version…
Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
The greatest challenge, I have found, in being a Christian is to live a Christian life when there are no cameras, churches, or believers watching. When it’s just you on your normal everyday routine with the Holy Spirit. When you’re just talking on the phone with your most trusted friend, and you think it’s safe to hang up the Christian coat and “be yourself.”
I have found God to be so intentional in His pursuits to make us holy that He requires everything about the way we think, and what we say and do to exhibit holiness. This particular verse in Colossians didn’t mean much to me until recently when a situation with a family member made me respond sarcastically instead of gracefully. And because my conversation wasn’t seasoned with salt, I offended someone I loved because I was offended myself.
In this pandemic season, the Lord has shown me how important it is to speak with grace at all times not because I am a Christian, but because there will come times where it will be extremely difficult to respond gracefully. And unless I get in the habit of graceful speech even now when it doesn’t really matter, I will fail terribly when it does matter.
We will all meet the day we have to hold an uncomfortable conversation, answer a difficult question, or speak the truth when it is unfavorable. The Lord wants us to be prepared for those days by paying close attention to how we speak and think now and everyday. As we get in the habit of seasoning our speech with salt, we will always respond gracefully when it matters the most.
May the Lord give us the grace to do the same everyday!
Hmmmmm this has been a real test for me. Especially when I feel people are taking my kindness for weakness.