The most common desire that women voice when talking to me about their marriage, is a deep longing for their husband to step up to the plate of spiritual leadership and live as a man of God.
You may be married to a man who claims to be a Christian, but has very little interest in spiritual things. Sadly, I think that may be the case in many marriages, but part of your God-given assignment is to serve as “iron sharpening iron” by inspiring your husband to be the man God created him to be. Part of that assignment includes what I call “salty grace talks” where you graciously share truth and at times even humbly confront your husband’s sin, as a demonstration of true love.
Salty grace talks aren’t just for the marriage relationship, they need to be held with friends, family members, and others we care about. Salty grace talks are all about spreading the gospel.
As we’ve been studying the book of Colossians, we’ve seen Paul address the issue of how we relate to others—and this is at the heart of relationships: relating to others in a way that clearly displays the work of the gospel in our lives. I hope you’ll think about that today and consider how you are relating to others in your heart attitudes, your speech, and your service.
Do you need to hold a “salty grace talk” with anyone today?
Read over today’s verses in Colossians 4:5–6 before answering the questions below:
- What similarities do you see in the instructions of Col. 4:5–6 and Ephesians 5:15–17?
- What does it mean to “walk in wisdom” in relation to evangelism (Col. 4:5–6)?
- I’ve often referred to this type of conversation (v. 6) as having a “salty grace-talk.” What do you think the phrase “seasoned with salt” may be referring to? (See Matt. 5:13; Mark 9:50)
- How does Col. 4:6 support the instruction given in Eph. 4:29?
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