Are Your Words Salty?
Words are funny things, they can bring great joy, hope and peace or they can rip into you like a knife. Have you ever been on the receiving end of painful words? Have you ever said something hurtful to someone? I believe most of us have been in that very situation, that as soon as the words escaped your lips you wished you could redact them! One of the Scriptures posted in a prominent place by my desk is:
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
Whenever someone approaches my desk, I look at that Scripture and whisper it as a quick prayer. I don’t want my words to hurt anyone, and they so often can do just that.
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt,
that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
Looking at Colossians we understand that we need to speak with grace, grace is graciousness. How we speak when we allow the love of the Lord to permeate even our conversations. Seasoning our words with salt is the idea of preserving and purifying, which is what salt was used for in biblical times. Sharing with others truth from God’s Word is a great way of preserving eternal value in your words.
I pray we are all sharing encouraging and truly seasoned words with those around us each day!
“YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH, BUT IF SALT HAS LOST ITS TASTE, HOW SHALL ITS SALTINESS BE RESTORED? IT IS NO LONGER GOOD FOR ANYTHING EXCEPT TO BE THROWN OUT AND TRAMPLED UNDER PEOPLE’S FEET.