Thursday May 20, 2021

Thursday – May 20th – Colossians 4:5-6    -----   

4:5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
   YOUR ABILITY TO LEARN DEPENDS IN PART ON YOUR ABILITY TO RELINQUISH WHAT YOU HAVE HELD.*

     Happy Thursday to you! Today’s inspirational thought is tied to the book of Job. More specially to the flurry of speeches given by Job’s well-meaning but off-the-mark friends.  Job’s three friends were attempting to comfort him in the sudden loss of his health, his children, livestock, and crops in a matter of a few short days. Each friend was drawing from a combination of their upbringing, their religious training, and their own mixture of wisdom and life experience as the basis for their words of comfort. Can’t really fault them to much as this is a time-honored practice that we all participate in as we give support to others. However, as I read this book again, I am realizing that God is always attempting to teach me know things and new ways to grow deeper in my faith. Sometimes we must let go of the rock we are desperately clinging to so we can make a move closer to God.
     
     Today in our pick verses from the fourth chapter of Colossians, Paul concludes a short teaching moment on how to live like a Christian. Paul instructs his readers, and those listening as he dictates this letter from prison, that they are to live wisely before those who are still outside salvation experience. Paul sees this as an important way for each of us to make good use of the time we have on this earth. We are to always speak with grace and let our words be as appealing as “meat seasoned with salt”. As salt-seasoned meat will maintain is freshness over the course of time, so may our witness be consistent with the Gospel message. This same consistence of character attracts not yet believers to want to discover the truth about Jesus. Both of our thoughts today beg the question how fresh, consistent, and relevant are your words of witness?

Blessings
  Pastor Jim
Friday – May 21st – Colossians 4:7-9

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Locations 26722-26723). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
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