Let your speech always be gracious. Colossians 4:6

When the collector of the temple tax came to Peter, they had a discussion about whether Jesus was going to pay the half-shekel. Peter, without question, was able to respond “Yes, he does” (Matthew 17:25). Even though the Son of God was exempt, Jesus would rather pay than “cause offense.” Like Peter, our day-to-day discussions should reveal to others that we know Jesus. Our conversations need to be filled with grace which is found “through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).

Our dependence on Christ should direct our discussions.  

In every spoken word, we should target the glory of God. Our grace filled discussions will build up others (edification) and not ourselves (gratification). Edification encompasses any endeavor that ends in more Christlikeness. A gracious discussion could be the building block that allows others to recognize that you follow Jesus.   

Do your discussions show others that you are dependent on Christ?

Live Forever Free,

Matt

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