A Christ Centered Work!
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17)
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison-- 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” (Colossians 4:2-6, ESV)
“For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is mature, able also to control the whole body” (James 3:2)
Consistency in godly speech is the evidence of maturity in the Christian life!
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” (v.2)
“We give thanks to You, God; we give thanks to You, for Your name is near.” (Psalm 75:1)
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!” (Psalm 100:4)
"At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison.” (v.3)
“but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” (1 Thessalonians 2:4)
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)
v.6 "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
Charles Spurgeon - “Christ said feed My sheep, Feed My lambs. Some preachers, however, put the food so high that neither sheep nor lambs can reach it. They seem to have read the text, ‘feed My giraffes’”
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29, NASB)
Speaking graciously is a spiritual discipline, it requires constraint, and it edifies those listening!