We Are Supposed to Be Salty!
“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6
Nowadays, when a person is referred to as “salty”, it is not a good thing. Salty is an adjective used today to describe someone when they are angry or agitated. We experience a lot of folks who are somewhat “salty” in person, in emails, and on social media. In fact, many times we ourselves can become “salty” with others in those previously mentioned venues.
I do not know about you but when I get this way with others I am quickly reminded by the Spirit of God that this is not the way He would prefer for me to treat others. However, I do believe that God desires that we be “salty” with others but not the way the world defines the term.
God wants us instead to follow the truth of Colossians 4:6 above and “let our speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt.” Why does Paul say that our speech needs to be seasoned with salt? What does salt do?
Salt has been used in the past for seasoning, a preservative, and a disinfectant. These three uses can have a tremendous impact on others if used in a Christ like manner with others through our speech. Let me provide an example of each.
As a seasoning in our speech - Do we use our words to bring the nature and heart of God to others? Jesus commanded us in Matthew to “be salt and light.” We should be adding a divine flavor to our conversations. We should reflect the character of Christ in our conversations whether it be in person, email, or social media. Do we create a thirst for Christ in others with the way we communicate?
As a preservative in our speech - Salt was used in times past to preserve foods like meat to prevent decay. Are we using our speech and our written words to help stop the moral decay around us? Our culture is in trouble and we desperately need believers who will use their words to positively impact people for the Kingdom.
As a disinfectant in our speech - Are we using our words to help clean up areas of conflict with others? What would happen if we would use our words to help bring healing and reconciliation to others? Think of the situations and relationships that God could use us to help clean up if we could follow the truth of Colossians 4:6.
We live in a time where we need Christians who know how “to answer every man” as God would have us. Can you imagine how God could use us as a school family if we would make the commitment for our speech to be “always with grace, seasoned with salt?” My prayer is that we all might begin today to impact others by being a Biblically “Salty” Christian!