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SUNDAY MAY 19, 2019

Sermon by Pasteur Marc E Simeon

Conduisez-vous avec sagesse envers ceux du dehors

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside

Colossiens 4 : 5-6

Col 4:5 ¶ Conduisez-vous avec sagesse envers ceux du dehors, et rachetez le temps.

6 Que votre parole soit toujours accompagnée de grâce, assaisonnée de sel, afin que vous sachiez comment il faut répondre à chacun.

Col 4:5 ¶ Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

BE CAREFUL IN YOUR CONDUCT

In Colossians 4:5 Paul advised the Christians to imply wisdom in the way they live their lives in front of the non-Christians.

  • Non Christians want Christians to be Christians.
  • They get very agitated when Christians try to mimic them.
  • Christianity remains as an escape plan for them when they get ready to fix their lives.
  • Most unconverted people think of salvation more often than we would imagine.
  • They are timid to make the steps toward Jesus for many reasons.
    • Some fear failure. They are afraid that they not be able to hold the faith.
    • Some fear the lost of their freedom.
    • Some fear the sacrifices involved
    • Some fear the cross that is tagged to being a Christian.
    • Some are trying to clean up their lives first before coming to Christ.
  • To most unsaved people, the Christian faith is like a shot that one is advised to take for health benefit, but they are afraid of the needle piercing their bodies.
  • Christians must be watchful in their conducts in front of the unsaved because they are the only open Bibles some will ever read.
  • Non-Christians have many misconceptions about Christianity that can only be counteracted by an exhibition of authentic Christian living.
  • Non-Christians have a load of expectations on professed Christians. We fail them a great deal when our behaviors contradict the faith we profess.
  • For the benefits of the unsaved, Christians may find it wise to be restrictive in the usage of our Christian freedom fearing casting confusion to prospect to the faith.
  • A Non-Christian won’t mind viewing a certain Christian as the standard for righteousness; based on how close he gets to replicate the Christian’s behavior, the closer he will feel to be with God.
  • Because of the unbelievers:
    • There are certain clothes the Christian cannot wear
    • Certain positions you cannot hold in your job.
    • Certain reactions you cannot make
    • Certain words you cannot use
    • Certain movies you cannot watch with them
    • Certain activities you cannot take part of
    • Certain jokes you cannot give
    • Certain information you cannot share with them
    • Certain insecurities you cannot express
    • Certain grey areas you have to avoid
    • Extra precautions you have to take in all your endeavors in order to foster faith in them.
    • Unbelievers and baby Christians require the same care.

II. CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE CAREFUL ON HOW THEY RELATE THEMSELVES TO THE UNBELIEVERS

  • The worst a Christian can do is to display a better than thou attitude to those in the world.
  • The unconverted people are not subs of Christians; they are all candidates for salvation just as all Christians were formerly.
  • They do not act like Christians neither should they, because they are not Christians.
  • They cannot match a Christian’s piety because they do not yet have the grace to do so.
  • They are enslaved to sin because they don’t yet have the Holy Spirit of God lording over their lives.
  • They do not discern the things of God because the bible says that the natural man cannot discern the things of God even if they try hard.
  • Remember that we were all dead in our trespasses. (Col 2:13)

CHRISTIANS NEED A MEASURE OF EMPATHY IN RELATING TO UNBELIEVERS

  • Christians need to show empathy toward unbelievers so that we can show them that they are redeemable just like we were.
  • Every sinner should know that the grace of God abounds exceedingly the level of their iniquity. (Rom 5:20)
  • Every sinner should know about the inexhaustible love of God toward mankind.
  • Christians ought to engrave the message of John 3:16 in the hearts of all unbelievers by stressing on the “love” and the “whosoever” parts of it.

CHRISTIANS NEED A MEASURE OF SYMPATHY IN RELATING TO UNBELIEVERS

  • We need to have sympathy toward the unbelievers because, if, God forbid, they should die before making peace with God, their souls will surely go to hell.
  • Christians should have sincere concerns about any soul that is nearing hell.
  • Christians should make all sorts of desperate pleas in the attempt to reroute a soul who is presently destined to hell.
  • The love, the care, the concern, and the reaching out to the unsaved must all be genuine.
  • Christians ought to keep the line of communication open to sinners and seize all opportunities to usher them the grace of God.

Col 4:5 ¶ Conduisez-vous avec sagesse envers ceux du dehors, et rachetez le temps.

Col 4:5 ¶ Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

RACHETEZ LE TEMPS / REDEEMING THE TIME

  • Make the best use of the time you get left
  • Make the best use of the opportunities as they avail themselves
  • Make the best use of your time to amass treasures for heaven.
  • Make the best investment of your time with eternity in mind
  • Be discriminative of your time so that you can invest it in what profits the most.
  • Think of time as a student taking a long exam in a limited time frame.
    1. Answer the questions that are for maximum points
    2. Answer the questions that you know for certain
    3. Answer the easy questions
    4. Take on the hard questions
    5. Take time to answer the not sure questions
    6. Guest the rest
    7. Return the paper before the time expires.
  • Christians ought to make good economy of their time, aiming to make the most of it.
  • The past is gone and cannot be retrieved of edited
  • The future is not certain
  • The present is only ours for a glimpse until it evaporates to the past.
  • Christians ought to use their time with the perspectives of eternity just like the ant is so mindful of winter in the summer time.

Colossiens 4 :6 Que votre parole soit toujours accompagnée de grâce, assaisonnée de sel, afin que vous sachiez comment il faut répondre à chacun.

6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

GRACE IS REQUIRED IN THE SPEECHES OF THE BELIEVER

  • Speeches are echoes of the heart.
  • The speeches of the believer ought to be lubricated with grace.
  • Believers ought to watch their mouth.
  • Watch what comes out of your mouth
  • Watch in what tonality you speak to people
  • Watch the quality of your speech
  • Watch the content of your speech
  • Watch the intent of your speech
  • Watch the impact of your speech
  • Watch how you say the truth
  • Watch even the reason why you say the truth
  • Watch to see if your speech is edifying, confusing or condemning its recipients.
  • Watch how much love is conveyed in your speeches.

THE SPEECHES OF THE BELIEVER TO BE SEASONNED WITH SALT

  • Until salt is added, some food appears tasteless; same wise for human conversation, when it lacks a proper measure of dignity, the words seems tasteless.
  • Salt is used to improve the taste of food
  • Salt is used for preservation purposes
  • Add salt in your speeches to inspire greatness
  • Add salt in your speeches to inspire courage
  • Add salt in your speeches to inspire joy
  • Add salt in your speeches to inspire faith and hope
  • Add salt in your speeches to inspire freedom from the dominion of sin
  • Add salt in your speeches to lure people to Christ
  • Add salt in your speeches to make this world a better place to live.

THE SALT MUST BE MEASURED

  • Too much or too little salt always have negative results.
  • Too little salt in your speeches gives room to question the genuineness of one’s heart.
  • Too little salt in your speeches makes you a pragmatic person with lack of conviction.
  • Too much salt is a double negative
  • Too much salt in the speech shows that one cares more about the taste of the salt than the food it was suppose to season.
  • Don’t ever preach because the word of God must be preach, but preach to attract people to God.
  • Too much salt in the speeches signals the presence of an overzealous and irrational fanatic.

Colossiens 4 :6 Que votre parole soit toujours accompagnée de grâce, assaisonnée de sel, afin que vous sachiez comment il faut répondre à chacun.

6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

COMMENT REPONDRE A CHACUN / HOW TO APPOPRIATE YOUR ANSWER TO EACH INDIVIDUAL.

  • There is no “one size fits all” in conversation.
  • A child, an adult, a superior, a brother, a friend, a business partner, a co-worker require each a different rule of engagement.
  • The Christian is indebted to oil all his conversations with grace and season them with salt.
    • Grace stands for kindness, tenderness, caring, loving, mercy, etc.
    • Salt stands for truth, principle, righteousness, justice, piety, common sense, etc.
  • With the help of God, he must adjust to each individual while seeking to administer the correct dosage and the correct mixture.
  • Paul made himself all to all in order to same all.

RECAP

Col 4:5 ¶ Conduisez-vous avec sagesse envers ceux du dehors, et rachetez le temps. 6 Que votre parole soit toujours accompagnée de grâce, assaisonnée de sel, afin que vous sachiez comment il faut répondre à chacun.

Col 4:5 ¶ Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

  • In recap, let us remember the manifold of blessings that contain these two verses in Colossians 4 verses 5 and 6.
  • Christians to be watchful and mindful toward the non Christians, for we are their first impressions of God.
  • Time a most precious commodity must be used with wisdom
  • Our conversation to be lubricated with grace and season with salt
  • In order to enhance our communication of the Gospel
  • May God help us to do a retrospect in our own lives in order to discover how we have influenced the unbelievers thus far.
  • Let us ask God to give us more grace in our speeches
  • And more boldness to stand for righteousness and virtue in all our conversations.
  • And finally the wisdom on how to appropriate to each individual in our presentation or in our defense of the gospel.
  • May God add His Grace to His Word.

Amen!

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