Speak graciously, always – Colossians 4:6 | 2-minute meditation


It’s pretty challenging, isn’t it, to meditate on Colossians 4:5-6. Are we always gracious in our speech?

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The Apostle Paul issues us quite a challenge in Colossians 4 verse 6. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

So first let me start by admitting, confessing, that my speech isn’t always gracious. Oh Lord, help us. How do we get to the point where our speech is always gracious? What does it mean to have speech that’s seasoned with salt?

Graciousness, that’s about compassion, about responding kindly, about not reacting angrily. And then this salty season that Jesus talked about that we are to be, what does salt do? Well, back in Paul’s day, it would have done two things, and it still does these two things. It preserves, it stops food from going bad, and it adds flavour, it enhances the flavour.

So what does that mean for our speech? Our speech is to be a preservative, it’s to prevent badness, it’s to promote goodness. And our speech is to be flavourful. To be interesting, to be full of good words that come from the mouth of God effectively, that we are his mouthpiece on this earth. So the best flavour is the flavour that comes from God.

Now, I can’t, I don’t have that within me. Maybe you do. I don’t. So the only way, really, for us to go along with this is to say, Holy Spirit, do your work in me. So let’s ask the Holy Spirit for that.

Holy Spirit, please do your work in us. We want to be representing the gospel well with gracious speech, with flavourful speech, with speech that is preserving and promoting the truth. We can only do that with your help. So we submit to your guidance and to your work in us. Amen.

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