May 24, 2022 Verse Of The Day

Colossians 4:6 Having A Good Conversation

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6

All around the entire world everyday nearly every person has a conversation with at least one other person, more often with more than one person. Some will be very short conversations, while others will take hours. Some in person, others over the phone or internet.

As conversations are taking place, people are telling others something that they think is important and needs to be heard. It is one of the most important ways for people to communicate with other people.

Paul finishes up his letter to the Colossian church encouraging them to have conversations that are full of grace, but also seasoned with salt. They need to be able to know how to answer everyone.

Most people feel that their way of thinking is the only way to think, and so when they speak they have very little grace for another person. There is very little room for growth and learning given to another person.

Believers, who are witnessing and spreading the gospel message, must have grace for others. Not every person is at the same level in their faith in God. Thus their conversation must be seasoned with salt.

Salt is something that does two different things, depending upon how it is used. It can clean out garbage, but it can also preserve what is there.

When a believer speaks, there will be times he has to speak words into the life of another person that will focus on cleaning up his life, removing sin and bad habits. Other times it will be to encourage and strengthen the faith that is already there and building the other person up in the Lord.

Speaking in this way will allow a person to always know how to answer someone correctly.

Just as with most people, you will have conversations with others each day. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide your words. Have grace for those who don’t know and are still learning.

Be willing to speak what God wants others to hear. Sometimes it will be to clean up things, while other times it will be to preserve something.

Know which is which, so that you will be able to give a good answer to every person and your conversations will be productive in your life and in the lives of others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that your conversations will be led by the Holy Spirit; that you will speak the words of God that people need to hear; and that God will use your conversations to clean up and preserve the faith in others and yourself.

Luke 8:11 Scatter The Seed

This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Luke 8:11

When a farmer is planting a large field, he will scatter seeds everywhere on that field. The purpose is to get as much seed out so that he can get as many plants as possible, to have the greatest harvest possible.

In the same way, when a person has some great information or something to sell, he will scatter the news out in whatever means possible. He may use social media sources, news resources, ads online and in flyers, billboards, or whatever else it takes to get the information out.

Jesus had given a parable about a farmer scattering seeds. Afterwards He stated that the seeds were the word of God.

While the world is scattering seeds all the time to sell things and lifestyles, the believer must also be scattering some seeds. The seeds that the believer must scatter is God’s word.

The best way to scatter God’s word around is to use it in one’s general talking everyday. Incorporate God’s word in one’s day-to-day conversations.

Too many believers do not use God’s word daily. Often this is because they have not been in it and do not know it. They are also afraid of offending someone.

Using God’s word does not necessarily mean that one has to say ‘Thus saith the Lord in such and such a verse’ every time they speak. It is just incorporating His words, truths and teachings in one’s daily conversations.

As this is done all the time, everywhere, some will accept it and others will reject it. However, the more seed scattered broadly, the greater the chance of more people accepting Jesus as their Savior.

No one can accept Jesus, unless they hear about Him. And they cannot hear, unless someone tells them.

You have some knowledge of God’s word as a believer. Instead of holding it in or just talking about it on Sundays at church, scatter it about everywhere you go.

Take every opportunity you can to use God’s word in your conversations. Do not hold back letting others know what God’s word says about each and every situation met with.

The world desperately need to hear God’s word–the Truth. They need to hear about Jesus and what He has done for them.

Scatter the seed and allow God to do His work in growing that seed.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word in your heart; that you will speak God’s word to all you meet; and that God will use His word through you to build His kingdom.

1 Timothy 1:3-4 Controversial Conversations

“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work–which is by faith.” 1 Timothy 1:3-4

Evidently some people in Ephesus were teaching false doctrine and debating myths and genealogies. Paul tells Timothy to stay and command the people not to do these things. It was not just an urging or asking, but a command to stop.

People have their own personal beliefs on many different things. Many will have an extreme interest in one subject or another. There are some who know every little bit of information about the Star Wars movies before they even come out. They can tell you the who, what, why, where, and when of every movie.

Others can tell you all about a singer or group, or maybe some television show. Still others love to debate politics and what should or should not be done. Some, in the church, will debate (argue) various doctrines.

When people talk about these various things, they will hold very strongly to what they believe. They focus most of their time on that subject. It is all they talk about.

The problem is that often it creates controversy, especially in politics and doctrine. These studies and talks do not promote Jesus and salvation. It is not putting God’s work first. It does not advance the kingdom of God at all.

Devoting yourself to any of these things or something else that is not of God, is a waste of time and effort. These things are meaningless.

Why spend your time studying every detail of a movie? Or debating what should or should not be done in politics?

Take the time to tell people about Jesus. Talk about what God has done in your life. The details of the Bible are so vast that you could study them a lifetime and still not know it all. God’s love is so great you could give a speech for eternity describing it.

Think about what your conversations are about. Do they promote Jesus? Or do they promote the things of this world?

I pray today that God will be a part of all of your talk; that your talk will promote the kingdom of God; that your conversations will point people to Jesus; and that many people will see Jesus through you.