“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”Colossians 4:6
Of major conversation in Arizona is the heat. Naturally, that usually drifts into the discussion of how to compensate for the losses through perspiration of salt. We are quick to talk about water and the amount we should be drinking each day. As a result there is encouragement for everyone to give to projects that dispense bottles of water to persons in need. For those employed outdoors, or those homeless, it is essential that such provision be distributed constantly and especially through the hotter months. Many of us have found salt pills to be helpful when temperatures soar excessively, as above 100 degrees.
In reviewing Colossians 4, in particular the 6th verse I was reminded again: “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to respond to each person.” What a statement for the hour in which we live!
All too often we are crude and rude! We join the world in word selectivity that indicates anything but “grace”. (Hopefully one did not forget that word at the beginning of that 6th verse.) Get the picture friend, we tell people that we are Christians but guttural talk is sure to activate the manner in which the person spoken to responds to us. One needs to refine our conversation as indicative of the person JESUS CHRIST that we profess.
The majority of us appreciate salt in our food. Some much more than others! One of my friends has to do without salt because of health. He asked the waiter if anything on the menu was salt free. The waiter replied, in a tone that should not be-fit his position, “All of our food is prepared salt free. Pointing to the salt he said: “That is why we have salt shakers on the table.”
I doubt that I need to say more, but just in case: “Let your speech (and mine) be seasoned with salt.”