Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 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. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Paul continues his discussion of how the child of God lives. He talks about his relationships with God's family, biological family, with work relationships. Now he says that not only must our relationships be Christ-like but so must our speech. The people around us are watching how we live AND SPEAK as they evaluate Christianity and we are called to live and speak in such a way that reflects our new found status as children of God.
Jesus tells us that our speech reflects the kind of person we are. In Matt 12:34 he says that the mouth reflects what is really in our heart. Our speech, as James tells us, is one of the most difficult things to control and gives us an indicator of what is going on inside.
The Bible tells us that the speech of the unredeemed is filled with things such as boasting, gossip, evil plots, hatred, curses, lying and deceit...to name a few. In contrast the speech of those who are now children of God should be characterized by things such as prayer, praise to God, blessing of enemies, confession of faith, building each other up, wisdom and kindness.
Paul asks the Colossians to have the speech of the redeemed: praying, giving thanks (vs 2). Clear proclamation of the gospel (vs 3). Full of grace, wise in your response to people (especially unbelievers) building others up instead of cutting them down (vs 4).
Lord let people know that I am a child of God because of my words. Let praise, prayer, encouragement and thankfulness be ever present on my lips. Thank you for loving me and saving me. Thank you that in You I find everything I need for life and living (even if the circumstances say otherwise). Thank you that I can be called Your child.