“How To Answer Everyone” (Colossians 4: 5 – 6, ESV) by Carley Evans

When dealing with persons who we consider “outsiders,” Paul desires us to “declare the mystery of Christ.” (Colossians 4: 3) As we do so, he also wants us to strive to “make it clear,” saying this is “how [we] ought to speak.” (Colossians 4: 3 – 4) We are to speak clearly of God.

Paul says we should “walk in wisdom toward outsiders.” We must not be foolish, brash, harassing, undermining. Instead, “[our] speech [should] always be gracious, seasoned with salt.” The Word of God is like honey to the taste, and must not be turned bitter on the tongue.

Paul calls us to “make the best use of the time” we have with “outsiders.” He recognizes that God is the One who “open[s] a door for the Word.” (Colossians 4: 3)

God, the Holy Spirit provides us with the right speech at the right time so that “[we] may know how [we] ought to answer each person.”

For our part, we must “be gracious” and “walk in wisdom” with those who do not know Christ as we do. May the Lord bless our efforts towards the “lost.”


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