Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. – (Colossians 4:6, NLT)
When you talk, you should always be kind and wise. Then you will be able to answer everyone in the way you should. – (Colossians 4:6, ERV)
Your speech should always be gracious and sprinkled with insight so that you may know how to respond to every person. – (Colossians 4:6, CEB)
The words that we speak either attract others and build trust, or they repel and turn people away. If we are seeking the Lord’s wisdom and pursuing insight through listening to others rather than speaking without hearing, we find opportunity to extend grace and give the right response at the right time. May we make the choice to use our voice for kindness, as we seek first to understand so that we may offer insight and respond the right way.
Let all that we say,
Be gracious and kind;
As we choose to hear,
Keep Your will in mind.
Grant us Your insight,
So we respond well;
Your grace extended,
With what we choose tell.
May our chosen words,
Demonstrate Your grace;
So all come to know,
Safety in Your space.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for those who were gracious and kind to us, who were able to answer us with wisdom and the right response at the right time. Thank You that as we seek You and trust You, You provide the same opportunity for us to be available for others. Forgive us for not seeking Your wisdom and grace, or for not slowing down to really listen first. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would choose kindness and grace, ever being quick to listen and slow to speak. Show us how to love those around us well, so that we extend Your kindness and grace and offer the right response at the right time. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we listen to Your leading so that our every conversation is full of Your grace. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; …my hope is in You all day long. – Psalm 25:4-5