Monday, July 24 – Acts 26:1-3

Jul 23, 2023

Now Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul extended his hand and proceeded to make his defense: “Regarding all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate that I am about to make my defense before you today, especially because you are an expert in all customs and questions among the Jews; therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently.”

 

Has someone ever told you something true in an off-putting way? Maybe the person yelled it or communicated in a passive-aggressive manner. The message given isn’t the only thing that matters; the method matters too, if we want someone to truly listen and understand. In today’s passage, Paul held to his deep conviction but also spoke graciously. He communicated this not only with the words he spoke but by body language, extending his hand as he began his argument in an offering of peace.

 

The way we speak to someone else often depends on the mood we are in or the way they speak to us. Do we speak to others about Jesus with an attitude of arrogance or superiority? Is it something we keep to ourselves because we are afraid of what others may think? Paul showed the balance of grace and truth, speaking directly and kindly. Colossians 4:5-6 says, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Your speech must always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” The way we conduct ourselves matters; the way we say things and the things we say affect our witness. Whether we are sharing our testimony in small group or having dialogue with someone about a topic we disagree on, the way we speak can reveal God’s grace in our lives or the stubbornness deep in our hearts. As recipients of God’s grace, it should be our goal to communicate with others in a way that invites them into that same love and grace.

 

  • When was the last opportunity you had to share your testimony with someone?
  • What would it look like to have speech seasoned with grace each day?
  • Ask God to reveal Himself through your speech as you interact with others.
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