Wednesday, 11 Aug 2021
Title: Encouraging others
By Wong King Wai

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

Recently, I did a stand-up comedy course and for those who think it is easy – it isn’t! The preparation and repetition until you remember your jokes takes weeks to perfect and even then you don’t know if you will actually make it through the live performance. I wonder how much effort we put into preparing how we speak or say things to others?

In today’s verse, we are encouraged by Paul to have meaningful conversations with others. Conversations that are “seasoned with salt”, that have flavour and texture that engage and touch the heart. It means authentic and real speech. It also means to have a genuine interest in the other person. Listening is an important ingredient in a conversation.

Consider practising active listening. Be present and fully focussed on the other person and what they are saying, especially what they are not saying. That way your response will be genuine and real to the other person.

In today’s world when communication is limited to the flat screen of our phones or computers, having meaningful things to say and share is vital to keep people’s hopes up and stay optimistic in challenging times. Let’s take this time and opportunity to reach out and encourage others.

Here are some practical tips you can do: i) Ask a church leader or pastor if there are people who would like someone to call them and speak with them. ii) Pray and seek God’s direction for who you should reach out to. iii) Ask people you know if there is anything you can pray for them about.

May your “seasoned” conversation be the balm and tonic that lifts the spirit and helps those struggling during this time.

PRAYER: My Father in Heaven. Thank You for loving me and giving me the grace to speak with You directly. Thank You for life and the gifts You have given me. Use me to be a conduit of Your grace and lead me to those who are in need of an encouraging word. I thank You for Your guidance and help. In Jesus name I pray. AMEN.

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年8月11日
标题:鼓励他人
作者:黄经为弟兄
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【歌罗西书4:6】 你们的言语要常常带着和气,好像用盐调和,就可知道该怎样回答各人。

最近,我参加了一个单口喜剧课程,对于那些认为这很容易的人来说,事实并非如此!准备和重复直到您记住您的笑话,需要数周的时间来达至完美;即使到了那时,您也不知道自己是否真的能完成现场表演。我不知道我们会花多少心思来准备如何说话或与人谈话?

在今天的经文中,保罗鼓励我们与他人进行有意义的对话。“用盐调和” 的谈话,其味道和质地能触动人的心灵。它意味着实在而真心的说话,也意味着对另一个人感真正的兴趣。倾听是交谈的一个重要关键。

考虑练习积极倾听。完全专注于对方和他们正在说的话,尤其是他们没说出口的话。如此,您给对方的回应才会是真诚的。

在现今世界,当交流仅限于手机或电脑的平板屏幕时,有具意义的事情可说和分享,对于保持人们的希望和在充满挑战的时代保持乐观是至关重要的;让我们值此时刻和机会去接触和鼓励他人。

这里有一些您可以采用的实用技巧:i)问问一位教会领袖或牧师,是否有人希望别人打电话给他们并与他们交谈。ii)祷告并寻求上帝的指引,以决定您应该接触的人。iii)问问您认识的人,是否有什么事情您可以为他们祈祷的。

愿您的 “老练” 谈话成为振奋心灵且帮助那些在这段时间挣扎的人的香膏和滋补品。

祈祷:我在天上的父,感谢祢爱我,并赐给我与祢直接交谈的恩典。感谢祢赋予我生命和恩赐。求祢用我作祢恩典的导管,领我到那些需要鼓励话语的人那里。我感谢您的引导和帮助。奉耶稣的名祷告,阿们。