Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt. (6)
I don’t know about you, but those words are hard for me to live out.
When I’m annoyed, are my words still gracious?
When I’m angry, are my words still gracious?
I can’t say they are.
“Seasoned with salt.”
Salt flavors food. Salt preserves food.
Do my words do the same for the people around me? Do they encourage people? Do they challenge them to grow? Do they help prevent the rot of sin from spreading in their lives?
Sometimes my words may be hard to hear. But can people see the grace that lies behind them?
Can my daughter see this in me? My wife? My church?
Because if I’m practicing these things at home and church, it helps me to do the same with the non-Christians I see during the week.
And that’s what Paul is primarily talking about here. When we are dealing with the people of this world, we should be speaking words full of grace, seasoned with salt, and making the most of every opportunity to touch them for Jesus.
Jesus said essentially the same thing.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. (Matthew 5:13)
“Lord Jesus, let my words always be gracious, seasoned with salt. Let me not lose my saltiness because of the words that come out of my mouth each day. But through my words, encourage, admonish, touch, and heal the people around me.”