influence

Gracious and purifying

Colossians 4;6

To speak with grace is to speak what is spiritual, wholesome, fitting, kind, sensitive, purposeful, complimentary, gentle, truthful, loving, and thoughtful.  Just as salt not only flavors, but prevents corruption, the Christian’s speech should act not only as a blessing to others, but as a purifying influence within the decaying society of the world.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 4:6.

The Fragrance of His Knowledge

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Paul was grateful for the privilege of being used as an influence for Christ wherever he went.  Every believer is transformed and called by the Lord to be an influence for His gospel throughout the world.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 2 Corinthians 2:14.

Evil company

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By word or example, evil friends are a corrupting influence.  Hope in the resurrection is sanctifying; it leads to godly living, not corruption.  Some in the church did not know God and were a corrupting influence, but not for those who hoped for life in God’s presence (see John 3:2,3).

Commentary from the MacArthur study bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 15:33,34.