I don’t know about you, but in studying the Bible I can get off on a rabbit trail. I actually enjoy these little adventures, because God is in every part of those searches.

Recently I started off in Mark 2, and then somehow ended up at Colossians 4:6: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

I believe God led me to break down this Scripture bit by bit. The first words that struck me between the eyes were “your conversation.”

We need to take ownership of what we say. I have several issues — being disrespected being the biggest — that will trigger reactions that most certainly are not pleasing to God, nor would they invite people to look at the changes Jesus has made in my life.

Then, as I read the words “always full of grace,” God urged me to look deeply and chew on those words.

I’m still chewing. Always?

The Greek transliterated is “pantote: at all times, always, ever.”

Can my conversations at all times be full of grace? I had to understand and re-examine grace. The Greek word for grace is “charis: grace of speech, goodwill, loving-kindness.” When I started to doubt if this was actually possible, the Holy Spirit brought Philippians

4:13 to mind: “I can do all things, through Christ who strengthens me.”

The last part of Colossians 4:6, “so that you may know how to answer everyone,” was the closer for me. I asked myself, and then God, “Why is this so important?” Through the course of discussions with my Mom and other friends, here is my conclusion: Our speech must be grace-filled at all times, because people who don’t know Jesus are watching all the time. What draws people into asking questions about what’s different in our lives? If our speech isn’t any different from anyone else’s, there’s no attraction. If they continue to witness marriages falling apart, bickering among brothers and sisters, bitterness, unforgiveness and gossip, why would they want what we have?

People’s eternal destinies are at stake. That’s why we must at all times be aware of grace. God has extended grace to you and me. We must, therefore, extend it to everyone, especially those who don’t deserve it — like me!

Grace leads people to ask the question, “What’s different?”