“Let your speech at all times be gracious pleasant and winsome, seasoned as it were with salt, so that you may never be at a loss to know how you ought to answer anyone who puts a question to you” Colossians 4:6 AMP.
Hey Everyone! It has been a while since I have blogged. Writing and reviewing have been monopolizing most of my time. But, this tidbit of insight is too good not to share with you.
As I was doing my morning reading, this verse jumped out. The word winsome caught my attention. I was uncertain of its definition, so I quickly hit the dictionary app on my phone and looked it up. I love this word!
But, before I get into it, I must explain why I am touched by the relevance of its meaning. I am notorious for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. And to add insult to injury, I often speak quickly, interjecting my thoughts without giving pause or listening intently to the end. I have struggled with this dilemma for as long as I can remember. (Yes, I suffer from foot-in-mouth disease.) A few decades ago, I begin to diligently pray for God to help me to be “slow to speak.” With His help, I have made progress, but I am far from reaching my goal. Thank goodness God is patient, if only everyone else would be, ha-ha.
I am passionate about the Word of God and my relationship with Christ. Colossians 4:6 gives instructions on how we are to speak to non-Christians, but I believe it should be a standard in all conversations. Let me explain.
Winsome is defined as “sweetly or innocently charming; winning or engaging.” Its word origin is joy + sum, or simply put - add some joy. According to scripture, our speech should ADD JOY to conversations. Selah (Think and consider that for a moment). Our words should be seasoned, adding flavor by sweetening the conversation.
If we conduct our speech graciously and winsomely, we should never be at a loss as to what to say. Look back at the definition. Notice the graduated intensity: from sweet and innocent, to winning and engaging. We are to win the conversation! But please be aware, this is not a license to manipulate. Contrarily, winsome speech is the process of adding joy to each word spoken. I told you it was good.
My takeaway is this: when in doubt add joy. And when you can’t say anything nice, graciously bow out. Yes, I realize this is easier said than done. Remember, we are a work in progress.