Speak With Grace 

I use the Daily Bread for my morning devotion and this morning the text was from Colossians 4:2-6. I am meditating on verses 5 and 6 today but I find verse 6 very relevant in light of what I’ve been reading on social media this morning. It states:

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

God has a way of speaking to us. Again, I did not go looking for a memory verse and those who read the Daily Bread can confirm today’s Bible text.

In Ghana today, can we say that our politicians and leaders speak with grace? Can we say that their speeches are seasoned with salt? The Bible tells us that it is only when we speak with grace and our speeches are seasoned with salt that we will know how to answer every man. Until then, every word we speak is based on ignorance.

Synonyms for grace include courtesy, politeness, good manners, civility, decorum, decency, respect. Salt gives taste to make food attractive and sometimes to preserve the food to make it fresh. And if we read verse 6 in the context of verse 5, we can safely conclude that “seasoned with salt” means our speech must be filled with wisdom. Thus, when we decide to speak, what we say must have all the foregoing attributes, otherwise we speak from a position of ignorance. This admonishing applies to when we speak ALWAYS and not sometimes.

When the Word of God speaks to us, it seeks to do four things “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” ‭‭(2 Timothy 3:16)

I know I may get criticised for this but hey, I don’t please man; I please God. For, of what benefit is man to me when God is unhappy with me?

Written by Kow Essuman, Esq. ACIArb

The author is a barrister; qualified to practise law in England and Wales, New York and Ghana; an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in England; a Global Shaper (Accra Hub) of the World Economic Forum and a firm believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ. #AdvocateForChrist

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