Charles Stanley (November-29-2020) Daily Devotion: Full of Grace.
To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
When chefs season the food they’re preparing, their goal is to bring out the flavor already present in the dish without overpowering it. That requires great skill. Perhaps this is what Paul had in mind when he wrote to the Colossians. In his letter, He reminded them that when we engage with one another, and especially with those who are “outsiders,” we must have grace—“as though seasoned with salt” (Col. 4:5-6 - 5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person).
In extending grace, we offer something that God generously gives to each of us. There are many opportunities to skillfully and gently “season” our relationships by offering a listening ear, meeting a physical or financial need, or studying together and challenging one another intellectually. Thankfully, the Lord will help us discern how to do this. We just have to ask for His help.
Think About It
- Do you ever struggle to “know how you should respond to each person” (Col. 4:6)? What makes doing this so difficult?
- Have you ever found yourself hesitant to ask for God’s help? Why or why not? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any hindrances you may have.
Bible in One Year: 1 Corinthians 7-10