(April 1, 2020)

Colossians 4:6Let your conversations be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Yesterday’s guidelines by our government officials have once again added new restrictions, and have extended the state of things through April. It seems the virus may peak in our area closer to Easter.

Some of us have someone close to us who is very sick, yet most of us may simply be wearing thin and be more prone to become irritated and impatient in our current circumstances.

…So may we be watchful. How has the tone been in your conversations? In your online Bible studies or prayer meetings? Your interactions with others? Be aware of complaining and negativity. Be conscious and take stock: how much fear is present in your daily conversations? Does the virus grab hold of us way down deep?

Colossians 4:2-6 begins, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

In the absence of intentional thanksgiving, which does not come naturally, we humans default to negativity. And negativity can easily spread. If the Body of Christ loses its saltiness, how we will hold out hope to the world?

If you are in a group meeting virtually, it may very well be a good idea to take a pause from the regular discussions of the group and address the tone. As time goes on, the likelihood that there will be less salt in our conversation will increase.

With the constant barrage of news about the virus, may we watchful and thankful. Pray while you take a walk. Give thanks for the flowers. The birds. The life that we have in Jesus. And you may very well find “an open door… that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ” (Col. 4:3).

As a body of believers, today may we all pray that we will conscious that our conversations do not lose their saltiness, but are full of grace. May we be watchful and thankful. For we are Children of the Resurrection. Amen.