2012-09-11 - Is There Grace in You?
Originally Published 2004-06-25
Colossians 4:5-7 (N IV) Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
I was talking with a good friend the other day about one of the few TV shows I watch. My favorite character's name is Grace, and thinking of her silliness, her loyalty to friends, her priorities (relationships) and some of her idiosyncrasies, I said "there's a lot of Grace in me!" The question popped into my head, "can that be said of me as a Christian?" As disciples of Christ, it should be very evident that there is a lot of grace in us.
When someone cuts us off in traffic, is there grace in us - toward that person? Or do we lay on our horn, make an ugly gesture or blurt out a curse at them? When a friend tries our patience, is there grace in us? Or do we blow up at them?
When someone makes a mistake, do we remember that we make them too - is there grace in us? Or do we insist on talking to their supervisor or lash out at them?
I encourage you - along with myself - to ask God to help our lives be always seasoned with grace, even - especially - those who are difficult.