Amazing Grace

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

Colossians 4.6

Settling back into the opportunities and challenges of daily life, after summer? It’s a good time to think about grace. Grace is not ‘stuff’. It’s all about attitude and the words we speak and write, because we have met with grace.

God has shown grace to us, in the gift of life through Jesus Christ. We are to show grace to others, because we belong to Jesus. What does that mean? It’s all about attitude. Respect. Thoughtfulness. Kindness.

Are we careful, in seeking to be gracious? How do we phrase our words, when we speak to family, friends, colleagues, clients, neighbours or strangers? We can talk about God’s love until we’re blue in the face; but if we don’t display grace, we’re simply betraying Jesus. Grace doesn’t deny truth: it’s just careful how it deals truth out. The words from our lips shouldn’t offend, just because they’re nasty. We belong to the God of grace and compassion, who constantly shows mercy and forgiveness to people. Grace has a currency of kindness.

And what we write is just as important. In this era of instantaneous communications whether by email, text or social media it is imperative that we learn to communicate with grace. To pause and consider before replying, to re-read as if receiving to ensure the spirit of grace oozes from the response. Grace should appear online just as much as in our speech.

So let’s make this a golden summer, heading into an autumn that is rich in colours of grace. It’s amazing what a difference grace can make.

jim

Rev Dr Jim Purves

Mission and Ministry Advisor

Baptist Union of Scotland