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Christians Interacting with Non-Christians

In today’s passage, we see Paul go back to instructions for all Christians as he begins to finish up this great letter, and it should not surprise us that he goes back to the basic instruction to be people of prayer and gospel witness.

Read Col. 4:2-6       Christians interacting with non-Christians                            Let’s Pray!

One of the main traits of Christian health is prayer                                  V. 2-4

All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.   -Acts 1:14

And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.           -Acts 2:42

“You can do more than pray after you’ve prayed, but you can not do more than pray until you have prayed.”            -John Bunyan

This seems to indicate that the people of God did not fight with the hand or weapons so much as with the voice and tongue, that is, they poured forth prayer to God, and thus overcame their adversaries.                                                     -Caesarius, Pastor in Arles, France (AD 470-542)  

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: “He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.”    -1 Timothy 3:16

Now I promised you a fourth thing about prayer from this verse 2. Look again at the words, “Continue steadfastly.” You need to know that command is in the plural. The command there is to regularly pray out loud with other believers.

Wise interactions with non-Christians                                                           V. 5-6

Are you finding ways to walk toward those who need Jesus?

Are you wasting any time in your life that you need to buy back to spend time advancing the gospel?

What does he have in mind by seasoning our speech with salt?

Salt does two things – it flavors but also is a preservative that prevents corruption.

There is a place for speaking words that are hard to hear – but it must come in the context of relationship where the other person knows how much you care about them.