Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:2-6 (NLT)
Gracious And Attractive Conversation
I need help with that, there is no doubt about it. You need help with what? I need my conversation to be gracious and attractive. I need to be able to give the right response to everyone. It is easy to speak gracious and attractive words when everything is going well. It is entirely a different thing to be able to speak gracious and attractive words when the heat is on, and I am under pressure. It is then that I have found it very difficult to give the right response to everyone. Yes, I have noticed. Forgive me. You are forgiven. Why is it critically important that you become able to speak kind and gracious words in every circumstance, and especially when you are in the greatest difficultly, experiencing troubling trials? I’m sure that when I am in great difficulty, experiencing troubling trials, is when you want me to shine brightest for you. These times are when I can stand out as being quite different because your life is being lived out in and through me. It is in these times when speaking kind and gracious words would be unexpected, unique, and almost counter-cultural. It is in these times when others might ask me why I am so kind and gracious even in the most difficult circumstances. It is in these times when I can be the boldest witness and give the brightest testimony for you. Difficultly creates opportunity, and I want to make the most of every opportunity to be a witness for you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. I want others to come to know and love and follow and serve you. Those are very good desires that you have in you. I will make you able to be a bold and bright witness for me in the darkness of this world. I will work in and through you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, help my words to be gracious and attractive. Help my words to be seasoned with salt in a way that spreads the flavor of you everywhere. Give me opportunities to serve you, by sharing the Gospel with others. Help me to lead others to follow you. Amen
Key Question… How are you making the most of every opportunity to serve the Lord by ministering to others?
Living It Out… Allow the Lord to use you to share the Gospel with others so that they will come to know Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will give you opportunities to share the Gospel with others.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are making sure your words are gracious and attractive.
Prayer To Bless Others… May your conversation be gracious and attractive so you will have the right response for everyone.
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