Our Conversation Needs Seasoning!

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As followers of Jesus, our lives are meant to overflow with unimaginable joy and power!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

One of the things we talked about this past Sunday as we began our “OUTFLOW” teaching series was the fact that it is the Holy Spirit who gives us power to live outward-focused lives.

In Ephesians 5:18, the Apostle Paul urges us to not get drunk with wine but to instead be filled with the Spirit. While the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is constant in the lives of Jesus-followers, we can strive to live more fully in tune with the Holy Spirit. As we put ourselves in “hallways” where the Spirit is active (in the Word, prayer, using our spiritual gifts, etc.), we can be filled with the Spirit, living and serving “under the influence” of His power.

In verses 19-21, Paul goes on to describe characteristics of a Spirit-filled life. Being filled with the Holy Spirit results in addressing one another, singing, making melody, giving thanks and submitting to one another.

Today, I’d like to specifically consider the phrase “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” On one hand, the mention of these various types of songs seems to closely link this phrase to the next two results of a Spirit-filled life, singing and making melody. However, I think “addressing (speaking to) one another” also describes the conversations we are to have with both fellow believers and those who do not yet know Jesus. One of my mentors suggests that our conversations with people should be sprinkled with reminders of and praises to God. That idea reminds me of Paul’s exhortation to the people of Colosse:

salt-shakerBe wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:5-6)

In Zondervan’s Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, Clint Arnold writes:

“Whenever the Colossian Christians have opportunity to interact with unbelievers, Paul wants them to engage in lively and interesting conversation. The image that he provides us of the Colossian church is not a group who have disengaged from the world and are huddling together in isolation. His comments presuppose a group of people involved in the community and bearing a vibrant testimony.”

Let’s ask God to help us to “outflow” His love, grace, joy, and peace to the people in our lives in simple, natural and heart-felt ways!

How does the Holy Spirit help you to speak to others? How have you seen God work through you in conversations with people? Please feel free to comment and discuss this below!

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