September 24, Reading 3 – Colossians 4:2-18

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SAA Notes

Paul gives an extended list of greetings here. Think about what the rest of the New Testament tells you about each one and consider what this list tells you that you can expect to meet in life.

SJA Notes

Grace and salt.

These are the ingredients Paul says make up knowing how to answer each person.

“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

See that it’s not just a toothless answer, what some people might consider as grace, lovey-dovey and without intent.

It’s not an answer of hard edges and angles, what some people might consider salty, self-importance without true affection.

Our speech is to be both full of grace and seasoned with salt.

Both of these things together, and as always, seen best of all in Jesus. How He spoke, His language and conversations.

And in wrestling with how to put them both into our words, we are told here this is how we work out how to answer each person.

Grace and salt.

* Father God,

Thank You for Your Son Jesus, who shows us how to live.

Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who walks with us each day.

And thank You dear Heavenly Father, for Your steadfast love and faithfulness.

Please help us in our words, help us to be full of Your grace, seasoned with the salt of Your word.

Amen.

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