Inspired by “Last Jesus” track by Kirk Franklin.

Hello and welcome to another wonderful week of renewed mercies and grace! Starting from this week, every monday morning I’ll be coming your way with specially packaged devotionals to serve as tokens of God’s gift as you go about your scheduled routines. I have high hopes that we are going to enjoy each others company as we share God’s Word together, encourage one another and help each other grow in the Lord.

Now the Bible text for this week is taken from Colossians 4:6, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (NKJV).

They say first impressions really count and aside from physical outlook, one thing many people take seriously is how we speak, especially those who profess to be Christians. Paul admonishes us to check our speech-because with it, we can draw people and win them over to Christ or we can push them away and cause them to resent us.

Let’s always remember that wherever we find ourselves, no matter what job you do, you are an ambassador of Christ, a mirror to reflect His beauty; a window to show forth His goodness and grace; a light to bring people out of darkness and an open book for people to read and know Him. Make your words a source of encouragement for someone’s weary soul, the sound of reason to someone who needs direction and a voice of caution and rebuke for someone who is losing their way.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Our words have the power to heal or to scar someone for life so, as a matter of rule, don’t say anything if you have nothing good to say about someone. Cause someone to have renewed hope in God by your words and also to testify to God’s goodness and glorify Him for your sake. Possessing the right tone is very critical in our ability to witness to our unbeliever neighbors.

This week, let’s make Colossians 4:16 our tone check and remember to use our words to touch somebody’s heart and bless their hearts. Keep this in mind, if someone is to meet you at any time at any place, will they see Jesus in you?

Be sure to check back between 7 and 8am next monday morning for the next edition of Jo’s Devotions and tell all your friends about this new column.

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