Let your speech always be with grace,… so you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:6
The word grace in this verse is referring primarily to the way we speak. If we want to maximize the opportunities we have to share God with others, our speech must be gracious.
- Gracious speech lifts up –Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25
- Gracious speech is healing –A soothing tongue is a tree of life. Proverbs 15:4
- Gracious speech is persuasive- Sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Proverbs 16:21
- Gracious speech builds up – ... Such a word as is good for building up according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:2
Jesus spoke with grace and people “were wondering at the gracious words that were falling from his lips.” Luke 4:22
Jesus speaks to me with grace every time I read His Word.
- His words lift me up.
- His words bring healing.
- His words persuade me.
- His words build me up.
His words are wonderful! So how can I share them with my friends? How do I start the conversation?
Ask this simple question.
“Do you mind if I share something with you that has really helped me in a similar situation?”
The heart of the wise teaches his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Proverbs 16:23
Pray for wisdom and trust God to guide you. But for goodness sake, have courage and speak up!