I’ve found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Apple-tree of trees, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay,
He tells me every care on Him to roll:
He’s the Apple-tree of trees, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.
Father thank you for the wonderful grace of seeing yet another breaking of the day; teach us your word this morning in Jesus name.
Collosians 4: 6
6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive[a] so that you will have the right response for everyone.
6 Let your speech always be [a]with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
Our speech is to be gracious—it is to be a blessing to others, with the ultimate intend of bringing them to Christ.
In other words, God’s grace has changed us. We are now to be people who are a blessing to others. We need to realize this and change our speech.
There is nothing more wearisome than the talk of men who are always trying to be piquant and brilliant. Such speech is like a “pillar of salt,” it sparkles, but is cold, and has points that wound, and it tastes bitter. That is not what Paul recommends.
I. SALT WAS USED IN SACRIFICE. Let the sacrificial salt be applied to all our words, i.e., let all we say be offered to God, “a sacrifice of praise to God continually.” Heb. 13:15-16
II. SALT PRESERVES. Put into your speech what will keep it from rotting. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth.” Frivolous talk, dreary gossip, ill-natured, idle, to say nothing of foul and wicked words, will be silenced when your speech is seasoned with salt. Ephe. 4:29
III. SALT GIVES SAVOUR TO FOOD. Do not deal in insipid generalities, but suit your words to your hearers, “that ye may know,” etc. Speech that fits close to the characteristics and wants of the people to whom it is spoken is sure to be interesting, but that which does not will for them be insipid. Commonplaces that hit full against the hearer will be no commonplaces to him, and the most brilliant words that do not meet his minds or needs will to him be tasteless “as the white of an egg.” Individual peculiarities, then, must determine the wise way of approach to each man, and there will be a wide variety of methods. Paul’s language to the wild hill tribes of Lycaonia was not the same as to the cultivated, curious crowd on Mars Hill, and his sermons in the synagogues have a different tone from his reasonings before Felix.
IV. SALT HAS TO RE RUBBED IN if it is to do any good. Preaching to a congregation has its own place and value; but private and personal talk, honestly and wisely done, will effect more than the most eloquent preaching. Better to drill the seeds, dropping them one by one into the little pits made for their reception, than to sow them broadcast.
Our speech is not naturally gracious. Even after we become Christians, we can totally misuse our tongues. In James 3:9 James complained about how some Christians used their speech to curse others. He wrote, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”
James rejected earthly wisdom with its bitter envy and selfish ambition. He then said, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. “Instead of cursing others, our speech is to be full of grace. We see this same teaching in Ephesians 4:29. Paul wrote, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Our speech therefore at all times must be full of grace.
Let us pray:
1. Father In The Name Of Jesus, We proclaim that there is no one like You even among the gods. You are Glorious In Holiness and Fearful In Praises. Oh God. Accept our praises in Jesus name.
2. Father at all times speak through me in the name of Jesus.
3. We commit our going out today into your hand Lord, have your way and take absolute control in Jesus name.
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Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your Son Pastor E A Adeboye With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
May God Bless Israel, Nigeria, And America And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!
May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!
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