Let Your Speech Always Be With Grace

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In this next caption, I am going to give you three very interesting verses all having the word “grace” in them. The first two verses have to do with how you speak and verbally express yourselves to others. The last verse has to do with both your words and your actions in dealing with other people, especially to other people who are not yet saved.

  1. “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Colossians 4:6)
  2. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29)
  3. “Pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled …” (Hebrews 12:14-15)

The first verse is telling us that our speech to others has to be “with grace.” If you look at the basic definitions of grace at the top of this article again, one of the definitions that it is referring to is “favor, graciousness, kindness, beauty, and pleasantness.”

In the Sanctification Section of our site, we have an article titled, “Death and Life Are in the Power of the Tongue.” In this article, I give you some of the main verses from the Bible that will show us that we all carry the power of life and death in our tongues.

We can either choose to release good, positive, and edifying types of words to people to help build them up as to who they really are in Christ, or we can choose to release negative words of coldness, harshness, condemnation, and pessimism.

When the Lord is telling us that He wants our speech to others to be done with grace, I believe He wants us to speak to others in a loving, kind, gracious, uplifting, and edifying manner – not in a condescending, critical, and judgmental manner. If we do, then the next verse tells us what will happen next. It tells us that we will then be able to impart “grace” to the hearer of our words.

The word “grace” in this verse is referring to what I believe is “power.” In other words, if you can learn how to speak out words of encouragement and edification to other people, you will then help to impart a certain amount of power into them and their lives.

Once you speak out godly and positive type words of encouragement and edification to another person, you will then help increase their levels of confidence and self-esteem.

And once you increase their levels of self-esteem and self-confidence in the Lord, then you will be imparting a certain amount of power and grace into their lives as a result of that increased confidence in themselves and in the Lord.

People need to be built up as to who they really are in their Lord and Savior – not torn and broken down like what you see in so many dysfunctional marriages and families throughout the world with some of the verbal and physical abuse that keeps going on behind closed doors.

The last verse then tells us that we have to pursue peace and holiness with all men – and if we do not, then a certain amount of unsaved sinners may end up falling short of the grace of God because we were not making the best witness and representative to them for our Lord.

What draws many unsaved people to the Lord are the godly and saintly attributes operating through our personalities.

If we are not making the best witness to these people either by our actions or by our words, then many of them may never come to the Lord because of our hypocritical behavior, and as a result, some of them may end up falling short of the grace of God just like this verse is telling us. In other words, they will never get saved in this life – all possibly because we were not making the best witness to them.

This is why it is so vital that we all learn to how to be actual “doers” of the Word of God, and learn how to speak and express ourselves to other people in a godly, civil, loving, caring, and uplifting manner.

Lives are hanging in the balance – and how we act and behave towards others in this life may make the difference as to whether or not a certain number of them ever accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

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