Thu28May

Words Are Not A Cold, Dead Thing

‘Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.’ Colossians 4:6 NLT

MIND THE GAP. STAND WELL CLEAR, VEHICLE REVERSING. EXIT THROUGH GIFTSHOP.

We hear words like these all the time – words that talk at us but not to us, that want something from us, that come from nowhere. The world is full of these cold words, and we even use them on each other. It’s easier to treat other people like they’re not there. It takes less effort. It’s easy to think that they don’t notice, and wouldn’t care if they did.

But actually, that’s not right. The way we talk to people can make all the difference. The language that we choose to use, and the effort that we put into it, can be a part of us demonstrating God’s love to others. God tasks us with being gracious in our words. ‘Graciousness’ is giving more of yourself to others than you need to – it’s paying attention to people, recognising them especially when you don’t have to. Graciousness in conversation is one of the first markers of an on-fire Christian. It’s the difference between nodding with your eyes down when people hold a door open for you, and looking them in the eyes and saying ‘Thanks!’ It’s why people who care for the paralysed and very elderly often make an effort to be friendly to them all the time. When we expect to be treated like an object, someone’s kind words can make all the difference. Graciousness in conversation means changing the focus of your words from yourself to the other person.

 

What Now?

Switching most of the ‘I’s in your conversation to ‘You’s can help here – it says to the other person, ‘I see you, I know you’re there, and you’re worth my time.’

 1 King 21-22, Acts 7:44-60

 

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Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

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