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Seasoned with Grace: Communicate with Love

Colossians 4:6

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Our words possess the power to build up or tear down, to encourage or discourage, to heal or wound. As followers of Christ, we are called to use our speech to reflect His grace and love. Let us explore the importance of seasoning our speech with grace, cultivating a heart of compassion, and choosing words that bring life and blessing to those around us.

The apostle Paul reminds us of the importance of gracious speech in our interactions with others. Just as salt enhances the flavour of a meal, grace adds a special seasoning to our conversations. Our words should be marked by kindness, humility, and understanding, reflecting the heart of Christ in every interaction.

Graceful speech involves listening attentively and seeking to understand before being understood. It means choosing words that edify and encourage, rather than tear down or criticise. It requires patience and forgiveness, knowing that we are all works in progress. When we speak gracefully, we create an environment where relationships can thrive, conflicts can be resolved, and healing can occur.

Pause and Reflect: Before speaking, take a moment to reflect on your words and their potential impact. Ask yourself if they reflect grace and love. Consider how your words may be received by others.

Choose Words Wisely: Use words that build up, encourage, and affirm others. Avoid gossip, slander, and negative speech. Seek to find common ground and speak truth in love.

Practice Active Listening: Show genuine interest in others and seek to understand their perspective. Engage in active listening by maintaining eye contact, nodding, and reflecting on what they shared. Let others feel valued and heard.

Extend Grace: Remember that everyone makes mistakes and is in need of grace. Be quick to forgive and slow to anger. Seek opportunities to extend grace, compassion, and understanding to those around you.


Heavenly Father, thank you for your abundant grace and love poured out upon us. Help us to reflect that same grace in our speech. Teach us to listen attentively, speak kindly, and extend understanding and forgiveness. May our words bring life, healing, and encouragement to those we interact with. Fill our hearts with compassion for others and guide us in our interactions.  In Jesus' name. Amen.