Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Job knew what it was to hear “ungraceful” words. In the darkest hour of his life, one of his so-called friends, Eliphaz, said, “It’s your ignorance, Job. You’re getting what you deserve.” You get that kind of stuff from people lacking grace. It may not always be that brutal, but you’ve probably heard that tone from ungraceful people. Rather than lifting you up when you’re down, they kick you. When you’re confused, they complicate the matter even more. They write you off the first chance they get. Other than that, they’re pretty good friends!
As I was reading through the book again, I wondered what was going on in Job’s mind that day. Held in a vice-like grip of grief from the sudden loss of his family, how do you process words like that? It was then I thought that there is a lesson to be learned, other than the patience of Job; a lesson about grace talk. Grace talk is always appropriate and always needed.
Unless you have insight that most of us don’t have, you really don’t know what’s going on in the minds of those around you. That agitated person behind you in line at the grocery store, that person with the slumped shoulders filling his car with gas, that teary-eyed student on the other side of the classroom. You have no idea what’s going on in their lives. Perhaps if we did, we’d be much quicker with encouraging, grace-filled words.
“How sweet the sound.” Grace-filled words are amazing. And remember, they are always appropriate and always needed! Let’s make it a point to be quicker with grace talk!
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4.6