The Right Response
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for EVERYONE... The right response for everyone would mean that my words and actions are to be consistent; I should not have one personality for public and one for private because I am usually always with somebody right? I don’t think we are to bear our souls, concerns and frustrations to outsiders the same we do our inner circle, but there is no need to have a double persona.
My father-in-law is the senior pastor at our church. He is a very positive, gregarious man. People wonder if he’s like that all the time. Since I know him “behind the scenes” the answer is yes. That man is excited to encourage anyone anywhere all the time. He’s not just turning up the Christianity for the public.
I married his son who is also a pastor and a very real guy, and I decided years ago that I didn’t want my kids to experience a mom who is one way at home getting 4 kids ready for church and then see her put on some kind of positive over the top friendly church face for other people. I make sure my kids get the same friendly lady even when the clock is ticking away and we haven’t left yet because we’re still looking for shoes on a Sunday morning. I want to have gracious conversations full of the right response for everyone, even the people in my own home.
People who think they are religious but say things they should not say are just fooling themselves. Their “religion” is worth nothing. (James 1:26)
I give you my day today and all my thoughts and words too. Help me be an encouragement to everyone – especially the people in my own home. Thank you for being with me and helping me. Thank you for teaching me through your Son, Jesus, in whose name I pray, amen.