Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
~ Psalm 25:4-5a ~

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Pondering on Colossians 4:6

This week I finished up a study in the book of Colossians. When I got to Colossians 4:6, it gave me a few things that made me think... and then as I was looking into it a little more, the verse proceeding it (Col. 4:5) also had me jotting down a few things. How about we take a look together?

My Pondering...

After reading Colossians 4:6, it had me contemplating salt. It's one of the most primary of seasonings, and at times can be critical in having a good tasting meal.

Salt isn't all that great eaten by itself, but the right amount in a prepared recipe can make all the difference in how good the food turns out. Too much and it is bitter, not enough and it is too bland.

Referring back to our verse, we find that it is talking about our speech and how it needs to be seasoned. We have to have a balance in the way we talk to others, we have to be able to preserve the truth and stand for God without turning others off from coming to God themselves.

The verse also ends with the phrase, "that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.", showing us that we need to be walking in wisdom (Col. 4:5) to be able to answer according to how someone needs to be answered. One person may understand an intellectual answer (like an adult), whereas a child or teen may need a slightly different, more basic answer.

But lets dig a little more into this passage in Colossians. Backing up to verse 5, we find that we are to "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time." 

In my reading there came out two scenarios of what this is referring to:
      1) Christians need to be watching their conduct when interacting with those that are not believers. Christian conduct needs to be upright and wise to not give God and Christianity a bad name. Being ready for God to open the doors to share with others, not needing to be pushy.
      2) As Christians are 'out' in the world they need to walk wisely to not allow the worldly manners to seep into their lives.

"Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour,
wherewith shall it be slated? it is henceforth good for nothing,
but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid...
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
~ Matthew 5:13-14, 16 ~

Lets take a look at our lives and see if they are balanced correctly. Are we being a good representation of the Lord? Or are there some things that might need to be more adequately seasoned to be a better Christ-like example to others?

Have a great day!
~ Amanda

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