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Words of Grace

The Lord spoke words of grace to the woman at the well in John 4:7-29. The Lord first drew her to Himself and offered her living water – the provision of grace that gave her eternal life: “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).

She came to know Jesus Christ, and the result was the unquenchable power of her testimony to the Samaritans. Christianity often lacks the touch of the living Word. This does not mean compromise! It is not concession; it is spiritual communication. It ministers grace to the hearer. Whenever a believer abides in ignorance of doctrine or weakness, the Word of God gives specific definition concerning how to speak to him. Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Ephesians 4:29 is a key verse concerning godly communication: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” The spirit filled Christian always speaks the truth in love (3). Remember, our words on earth must be few. If our words do not edify, we should remain quiet (4). Obedience in the area of speech keeps us from using idle words based upon human resources.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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