Colossians 4:6 – Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
I enjoy spicy foods, and in an effort to eliminate salt, I increased the amount of spice I would use when cooking. But you know what? Salt had to re-enter the picture for me. I use sea salt and pink Himalayan salt. There are health benefits to these salts, as well as added flavor and color.
Today’s verse is a lot like my description of spice and salt. Gracious speech, like spices, can be a welcome ingredient; but what ‘pulls’ it all together is even a dash of salt. Salt enhances the flavor in spices, and the aforementioned types of salt can have beneficial mineral content; not to mention salt is a preservative.
As you go about your day, I encourage you to think about this:
- Consider your words: will they add grace to the hearer?
- Is what you’re about to say, going to improve or preserve love and understanding?
- What is your motivation for wanting to say what’s on your mind?
- Would your words be something you would like spoken to you or a loved one?
- Are you considering what’s best for the hearer?
No one said this was easy, but the rewards of being seasoned with salt, are great. I’ve seen relationships restored, situations resolved, and healing and joy reestablished. May your thoughts and words be seasoned with salt today.
Blessings of grace and salt,