Colossians 4:5-6

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

  • To act wise toward outsiders, you must interact with them. For your conversation to be full of grace and seasoned with salt, you must have conversation. We have opportunities every day to share the Gospel, build relationships, speak to strangers, etc. The sad thing is we probably miss most of those opportunities because we are in a hurry and have worldly business on our minds. Chance meetings are planned by God, and not by chance at all. We need to be intentional about spreading the love of Christ in everything we do and everywhere we go. Strike up conversation with the lady who is working at Walmart, the guy whose pumping gas next to you, your coworker, etc. Let God lead the conversation to the cross. He will. But most of all, know that “People don’t care what you know, until they know that you care”. Some people we see for a lifetime, some we see for a season, and some we see for only a moment. May we never miss an opportunity to exhibit Christlike behavior, and to share Christlike love. The moment we ignore someone who God put in our path; may be the only moment we have to share the love of Jesus with them.
  • How have you responded to the ordained meetings and relationships that have been placed in your life for God’s glory?
  • How will you respond when the next opportunity arrives? Will you be looking for it?
  • Words, language, rumors, and gossip, are all included in your speech. What is the attitude of your speech? Negative rumors, and all gossip, have no place in the Christian life.
  • Will your words be evidence of Jesus in your life, or will love and kindness not even enter the picture?
  • How is your speech seasoned?

Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”

James 3:6, 9-11 “And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?”

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Matthew 12:34 “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Deuteronomy 15:15

“You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today.” Our true heart for God is seen in our true heart for others. None of us are good in ourselves, only through Christ are we acceptable to the Father. We must remember that we were a slave to sin before we were redeemed by the Cross of Christ. Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

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Deuteronomy 10:12-13

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?” How would our lives change if we would just realize the benefits of following God’s ways, and fully committing our lives to Him? 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Psalm 25:10 “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.” 1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.”

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Deuteronomy 9:25-26

“So I lay prostrate before the Lord for these forty days and forty nights, because the Lord had said he would destroy you. And I prayed to the Lord, ‘O Lord God, do not destroy your people and your heritage, whom you have redeemed through your greatness, whom you have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.” Does your heart bleed for those who are living apart from God?  Do you pray earnestly for others, or do you write them off? Dear Lord, may we see others through your eyes, and may we love them as you have loved them, and as you also love us. May we also forgive them, as you have forgiven us. You alone are our salvation and our hope. May we truly desire, as You desire, that all come to know You, and that none should perish. Amen

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Deuteronomy 8:17-19

“Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. And if you forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish.” We are nothing without God. When we forget this fact, He loves us enough to remind us.

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Deuteronomy 6:6-7

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Not being in God’s Word, but declaring the desire to know Him more, is a contradiction of truth. How often is God’s Word on your mind? How often do you speak of God’s Word? Do you teach God’s Word to those God has entrusted you with?

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Deuteronomy 5:32

“You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” In our quest for a full relationship with God, rest-stops and alternate routes always delay our goal. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 4:25-27 “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.”

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