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15/03/2022 03:00 - 16/03/2022 02:00

"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone" - Col 4:6 (NIV). 

Food without seasoning is generally bland. To make it palatable every fine cook loves to find spices which when added to a dish bring out a certain salivating taste. Spices which are drawn from seeds, roots or dried fruit, are very helpful whenever used to flavor dishes. For those who relish a good taste, they can easily notice when a dish is quite tasteless for not being flavored with mouth watering spices.

Now, just as with dishes, our speech can be bland too, not inviting, like a tasteless dish. There was once a couple in history who illustrates this point. When King David needed a certain favor from Nabal whom once he had helped out he instructed his men to "Say to him: ‘Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!" (1 Samuel 25:6). David instructed his men to use speech flavored with grace.

Unfortunately Nabal was the kind not to notice the difference. Instead in return, "Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? ...Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?” (vv 10-11). This was not short of insult and once the message was relayed back to David he wasted no time to mount an attack on Nabal.

What saved the day was that Nabal's wife, Abigail, knew the power of speech seasoned with grace. Upon hearing the imminent attack she hurried up to the advancing troops and bending on her knees pleaded with soothing words, "Please forgive your servant’s presumption. The Lord your God will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my lord, because you fight the Lord’s battles, and no wrongdoing will be found in you as long as you live" (vv 28).

Speech is not neutral and the words of Abigail coupled with her gifts touched the furious David who decided to pause and pull back. David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands" (vv 32-33).

Any of us could easily be given to the brutal tongue of Nabal which only induces wrath. However, when our speech is seasoned with grace as was with Abigail, we clearly invite favor upon our lives.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I pray that my speech may be seasoned with grace, to experience your favor and blessing, this I pray in Jesus's name!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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