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

When I was giving thought as to what I would write for our 2021 Lenten Devotional booklet, the word “GRACE” kept popping up in my head.  I read the scripture above and was particularly intrigued with the phrase “seasoned with salt,” until with further study I read the following explanation.  “Salt is a preservative and is tasty.  Similarly, the Christian’s conversation is to be wholesome.”

During this past year with the Pandemic, political differences, social justice issues and the economic crisis, all of us have been emotionally stretched to the limit and beyond. Even with family and friends, our conversations with each other have sometimes gotten to an emotional tipping point which has led me to give a lot of thought to giving each other GRACE, and to be sure our conversations are wholesome.  GRACE has been defined as “courteous goodwill” and wholesome as “conducive to or promoting well-being.”  It would truly be incredible if, even in disagreement, all of our interactions were wholesome and filled with GRACE. 

Think of all the many times our Lord said, “My GRACE and peace I give to you.” The next time you are talking with someone, remind yourself that your standard is to have wholesome and GRACE-filled conversations. 

Prayer:  Dear GOD:  Thank you for teaching us that your GRACE is sufficient.  Remind us daily to extend GRACE to all those we encounter along the way.

Anne Walker