A well known cliché as we approach spring is March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. This of course refers, at least in our area, to the fact that we may have anything from tornadoes to blizzards in March and the possibility of very warm temperatures or freezing cold. The Farmer’s Almanac is often a good predictor of weather but not so often in March. Sometimes we as followers of Christ can fall into the same pit. Every now and then we come on like a lion but other times we seem more like a lamb. One scripture I love is Colossians 4:6, “Let your speech (or your conversation) always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Having to depend on our emotions to dictate how our conversation will progress is a bit reckless. The Apostle Paul uses the word always with great command here in his exhortation. It is not a suggestion. He also states in Ephesians 4:29, Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear and in Colossians 3:16, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And wise King Solomon states in Ecclesiastes 10:12, The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him. ESV Perhaps a good start to March would be to march into March by means of encouraging conversation with all those we meet. Just something to think about.
Charlene and Pastor Ted