Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

grace – more than a short prayer before a meal

Grace!

What do you think of when you hear the word grace?

My first thought is unmerited favor from God – getting something I don’t deserve but it can also mean:
elegance or ease of movement
favor or goodwill – mercy
pardon: an allowance of time after a debt or bill has become payable
and of course a short prayer before a meal

It is my desire that when people walk away from a conversation with me that they are encouraged.  It is my hope that they will see Jesus living in me.   Extending grace to others because I know of my own need for grace.   It is an area that I will forever be growing in.

Colossians 4:5-7 (NASB)

“5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”

Walk in wisdom

Live  in a manner that rightly reflects God.   We have heard it said that actions speak louder than words.  Just what are our actions saying today?   This is a new day – redeem the time – make the most of today.    Make each day count.  There are no do-overs but there is today – this moment.

Speak with grace

Let’s  deal with people not according to what they might deserve but with grace, with wisdom – expressing love.   Nothing is quite so refreshing as a person whose speech is gracious.  One goal we can have is to try to bring out the best in others.  Help them see the good.  Our words can bring life or death.  (Prov 18:21)  May our words point others to Christ and His unfailing love.  May our words be pleasing in God’s hearing.  (Psalm 19:14)

Seasoned with salt

We are the salt of the earth. (Matt 5:13)  Let our words be salt.  Salt brings healing,  adds flavor, breaks through the hardness, and preserves relationships.

Knowing how to answer takes us back to wisdom.

For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”  Luke 12:12 (NIV)

This song is indeed my prayer.

til next time

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February 10, 2015 - Posted by | ministry, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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