DATE WRITTEN: Wednesday, 2020-08-12
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Colossians 4:5-6
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)
BIBLE TEXT: 5 Walk in the wisdom of God as you live before the unbelievers,[b] and make it your duty[c] to make him known. 6 Let every word you speak be drenched with grace[d] and tempered with truth and clarity.[e] For then you will be prepared to give a respectful answer to anyone who asks about your faith.
OBSERVATION: Often we tend to look with regret at something we said or did, but wouldn’t it be awesome to recognize the error of our ways before it comes out of our mouth? Unfortunately we tend to speak, or act, based on the content of our heart. But as we meditate today, let us pay careful attention to the Word of God on how we should walk and talk in order to reflect Christ.
APPLICATION: Don’t you tire of hearing some people apologize over and over, often for the same mistakes, hurts and cruel words that caused a rift between you in a previous encounter? Ever stopped to think about what causes such careless and hurtful things coming from the same mouth that is ready to sing God’s praises on Sunday morning? Friends, let me start by saying that I sincerely believe that we speak and act from the bounty of what our heart is filled with. If we fill our hearts with the Word of God, and we allow it to penetrate our hearts so that our hearts will be impacted by God Himself, then I believe that our lips will be filled with the grace, mercy, love, forgiveness and wisdom of the One in whom we believe, and aspire to imitate in our lives. I know, you go to church at least once per week, so having completed your religious obligation, you should be in good shape, right? Well, since a lot of people will tend to think that way, let me present you with a comparison so you could honestly answer that question for yourself: God has blessed us with 168 hours each week. Allowing for an average of 8 hours per night sleep, you are left with 112 hours. If you minus off the 1-2 hours you spend at church, that leaves you with 110 hours each week that you fill your hearts and minds with TV; Family time; Work time; Meal times; etc. When you react to a tense situation, or someone cursing at you, is it any wonder why you will respond based on something you gained during the 110 hours? If your marriage were to survive from a 1-hour per week encounter, will you have enough going your way to avoid divorce? I don’t believe these examples are any different for us than Paul knew of in his church back at Colossae, and that led him to seek God’s heart for these words. Our lesson for today is that we diligently seek God’s face, and ask for wisdom to live each day totally in line with His example, His teachings, His commands and His will. As we do this, it seems obvious that we will talk about the One with whom we are meditating on each day. In fact, I believe we will be so overfilled with God’s presence, and that His Holy Spirit would be granted such authority in our lives, that we will want the world to know about our Savior! Oh that our words will be drenched with grace – God’s wonderful grace; and may each word be tempered with God’s truth and clarity. Perhaps then, others will want to hear of the answers we might give to their many questions about our God! For the reader who will question what this is all about, and the importance of what Paul taught in our verses today, please allow me to guide you towards the One who died so that you might live eternally in heaven. Knowing Christ will cause you to draw closer to Him so that you would reflect Him in every aspect of life!
PRAYER: Thank You for Your Word Lord, and thank You for Your servant who shared His heart even from behind the bars of jail. I pray that each believer who reads this blog today will gain the same desire as Paul, to desire a church and friends that should be attracted to You enough to live like You and then to share that with everyone they come into contact with, especially unbelievers who are searching for truth, and for ’real’ Christians who live like their Master. As Your children, Lord may we always seek to look like You in every aspect of our lives, so that others will desire to know You, and that You will be glorified here on earth. AMEN!
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