Ever walk away from a conversation with regret? Realizing grace was not laced in your conversation? Wishing you could grab those words floating in the air or stinging someone's mind and gobble them right back up?
Oh, to practice speaking with grace. Not to manipulate, but to speak thoughtfully, carefully, and with love. Words that edify, uplift, compliment, and build others. Powerful, but polite speech.
Somehow many of us have learned to react and explode rather than talk calmly or even rationally. Or maybe some of us swing to the other side of the pendulum and don't say a word.
Silence doesn't always mean grace.
Obviously when we speak with grace we have a greater chance of winning even kings for friends, but I don't believe that this is what the scripture above is saying. To use graceful speech "just" to win friends who have power.
It is learning to ask the Lord to teach us how to speak gracefully. Carefully and with love...So that we even influence those in power towards the grace and freedom in Christ.
New Living Translation (©2007)
Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:6