Too Much of a Good Thing

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“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone’” (Colossians 4:6, NIV).

When my mom was newly married, she made a big pot of chili for my dad. Even though she followed the recipe and added the exact amount of chili powder, it was unbearably spicy. She laughingly recalls that, no matter how many beans, meat, and tomatoes they added, nothing would absorb the spicy heat of the chili power. They still couldn’t eat it!

Too much of any seasoning can cause a dish to become overpowering and inedible. The same can be true of our speech. When we talk about our faith with others, we need to be gracious and use the right amount of seasoning. Too much will turn people away.

First Peter 3:14–16 reminds us that we should always be prepared to give an answer for the hope within us but to do so with gentleness. We need to speak in ways that draw people rather than repel them.

A popular saying goes, “Actions speak louder than words.” True. But don’t rely on your actions alone to bring people to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Paul reminds us in Romans 10:14–15, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” (NIV).

As you prepare to join with family and friends this Christmas, you are likely praying for those who don’t know the joy of salvation. Chances are, you’re praying for an opportunity to share your faith. Pray also that, when that opportunity arises, you will “let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6, NIV).

Be full of grace. Don’t be as overpowering as my mom’s chili!

Prayer: Lord, provide opportunities for me to share my love and faith. Please season my speech with gentleness so I draw others to You. Thank You for every opportunity You lay before me. Let my words reflect You that others only see You in me. Amen.

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