Speak Softly And Carry Big Grace

Posted on Jun 28 , 2014 in Grace & Ministries

Speak Softly And Carry Big Grace

© By Brad L Hodges

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

According to Psychology Today “Surveys about our fears commonly show fear of public speaking at the top of the list. Our fear of standing up in front of a group and talking is so great that we fear it more than death, in surveys at least.” (Source: Psychology Today article dated November 28, 2012 “The Real Story of Risk Adventures in a hazardous world”
by Glenn Croston, Ph.D. http://bit.ly/1ln9RHx).

While Martin Luther King, Jr, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy, Franklin-D-Roosevelt, Rev. Billy Graham and Ronald Reagan are among the greatest public speakers in history, you don’t need to be famous or a public oratory genius to speak about and spread the good news of Jesus Christ. In fact, often all you need to do is truly live the life of a believer and people will know by your actions that something is different about you.

Grace is the great equalizer when it comes to conversing with your fellow human beings about salvation. Add to that a dedicated study and absolute belief of the Bible and its teachings and every believer is equipped to “answer everyone” about Christ.

The key of course is for your conversations to always be full of grace. The apostle Paul, himself a great public speaker, put what grace can accomplish, despite weaknesses, in perspective in 2 Corinthians 12:9-12 ESV;

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works.

Paul’s point in great part, in my opinion, is that regardless of your real or perceived weakness, through the grace of Jesus Christ, you can overcome them, be in fact content with them, yet be a powerful witness and disciple for Christ and the good news of salvation.

In Acts 18:9-10 The Lord spoke to Paul and encouraged him to continue speaking about Him consoling Paul with the fact that He was with him;

9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”

Many of the most significant characters in the Bible were afraid to speak about God, at least at first.

Isaiah 44:8 (NIV)
8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

Ezekiel the Prophet was afraid of the words and looks of the people;

Ezekiel 2:6 (NIV)
6 And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.

Even the great Biblical leader Moses expressed his fear of speaking but obviously from the account of Moses leading the Israelites out of their bondage in Egypt, God helped him overcome it;

Exodus 4:10 (NIV)
10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

We are commanded to be witnesses for Jesus once we receive his salvation and promise of eternal life;

Mark 16:15 (NIV)
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

The best news for those who may be afraid to speak is that you don’t have to be a dynamic, big personality, world stage leader or Biblical Super Star to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ. Simply accept his grace and live the life of Christ that is inside of you.

You can be a testimony for our Savior in many ways without big words or fancy oratory. Ask Him to help you use whatever talents you have for His glory and as a witness.

Simply speak softly, if that is what works best for you, but remember you carry ‘Big Grace’ with you wherever you go and whatever you do in the name of Christ and that carries the greatest effectiveness of all.

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