Our friends had invited us to have dinner with them at a rather upscale restaurant. As the evening wore on, Patsy quietly said to him, “Do you realize that you have on two different socks.” Without flinching he calmly replied: “I have another pair just like them at home.”

We had many enjoyable times with them over the years. As a contractor he quoted a price on a job. The man, looking at him said: “Your price is too high! Another guy gave me a price much lower than yours.” His reply was classic: “He knows better than anyone what he is worth! By the way, when the other contractor fouled up the job, the guy returned to our friend and asked him to finish the job, to which he replied: “Because it is fouled up it is going to cost you more than my original price.”

I have always enjoyed some of those quick witted responses. Some people are more adept at tossing them out than others. Patsy always had some excellent ones.

Remember how there were Pharisees intent on destroying Jesus. (Matthew 22:15-21) They sent the Herodians, along with their disciples to trap Him. They begin with the obvious: “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any. Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?”

Jesus perceived their malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the coin used for the poll-tax.” They brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”

A quick and positive reply, all the while knowing that they had endeavored to set Him up so that they might have a clear cut answer to present against Him that would lead to action against Him.

You and I are aware that there are those who look for quick answers to their requested information, hoping all the time that we might say something that would go against the cause of Jesus. We have to be careful of our quips and the questions that are thrown at us. Seldom do we know in advance if they are genuine or filled with hypocrisy.

Keep that speech “seasoned with salt.”

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