Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” (NASB)
I knew I had to say something. I don't know why he felt he had to use those words when speaking, but it got to the point where I had to say something to him. I pulled him aside from the group and asked, "Why do you have to use "those" words? They don't add anything to what we’re talking about.” Today's verse speaks of letting our speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, so that we will know how to respond to each other. He had used four letter words as if they were a normal part of his vocabulary, and yet claimed he was a Christian. I had to step in and ask him why. Why use those words? It wasn't a very good witness of Christ. In fact, it wasn't a witness of Christ at all. Too often we allow men to speak in manners unworthy of knowing Christ. Maybe it's time we stand up and say something in a nice way. Maybe no one had ever told him those words were inappropriate. Maybe we need to make sure we don't use those words at all. Something to think about as we do this thing called life.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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