Posted by: missionventureministries | April 26, 2015

HOW CHRISTIANS ARE TO ACT IN WISDOM AND GRACE TOWARD OUTSIDERS – Colossians 4:5-6

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Be 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 

Paul used the term “outsiders” for people who were outside the church (1 Corinthians 5:12-13). We might say “unbelievers,” “non-Christians,” or “the unsaved.” We are supposed to conduct ourselves with wisdom towards those who have not yet come to faith in Jesus Christ. 

Paul wrote that we should be wise. Now to be wise is to properly apply wisdom. The Bible says that wisdom comes from walking in the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10) in accordance with the Word of God. Because those who hear God’s Words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24) 

So, the Scripture is telling us to conduct ourselves with wisdom, to walk in wisdom, to be wise in the way we act when we are being seen and heard by the unbeliever or anyone else. 

The Bible teaches us that: We should make it our ambition to lead a quiet life: We should mind our own business and work with our hands…, so that our daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that the Christian will not be dependent on anybody. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12) 

Outsiders are constantly examining Christians, and we need to make sure that our lives are living up to God’s standards. That’s why Paul told Timothy that in order for a man to become an elder in the church, he must have a good reputation with those outside the church… (1 Timothy 3:7) 

Paul is teaching all of us about being wise in our walk, about demonstrating good behavior. Even Christian teenagers are supposed to be considering this: “Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” (Titus 2:6-8) 

Peter told us to keep our behavior excellent among the unbelievers (1 Peter 2:12). To silence the ignorant talk of foolish men by doing right (1 Peter 2:15), and to keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame (1 Peter 3:16). 

We are to witness in our behavior and for Christ when we are around non-believers. We should be focused on the fact that every moment is an opportunity to witness about our Savior to a lost world. “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16) 

Jesus said: “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)  

A born again believer should be kind, gentle, honest, caring, loving, and truthful. And as we do this we become a shining light in this dark world we live in today. 

Even though at times we will encounter resistance and hostility, the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:24-26) 

However; God has also commanded us to expose and sharply rebuke rebellious, divisive, evil people. 

“For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” 13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. (Titus 1:10-16)

Besides wisdom, our conversation needs to be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that we may know how to answer everyone. Therefore, do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29) 

When we walk in wisdom and grace through the Holy Spirit’s guidance this opens doors to witnessing to the lost. 

Paul never ceased to look for ways to proclaim the Gospel as we see here when he wrote this letter to the Colossians from his prison cell: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” (Colossians 4:2-4)   

We need to remember that our conduct and speech before an unbeliever or anyone else is vitally important. Therefore our conduct should be with God’s wisdom and our speech filled with His grace.

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  1. Thank you for what the Lord is doing through your ministries. I Prayed that He will continue to guide your steps to do more ministries.

    • Thank you Rev. Alex Toe Satiah, we will be praying for your ministry also. The Lord knows our love for Him and all our needs. Blessings


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