~Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
As I was reading this verse this morning, the Lord impressed upon my heart the purpose of salt in our lives.
(1) To add flavor to food
Does my speech add flavor to the conversation? Or am I merely talking to hear myself talk? Do I contribute something from God’s Word when someone opens their heart to me? Or do I sit there and join them in their pity party? We should strive to share verses with everyone we talk to, saved or unsaved, and add flavor to our conversations. Remember, God promises that His Word will not go out void.
(2) To preserve food
Do your words preserve? There are lost souls everywhere and their souls need to be preserved, if you will. They need to hear the Gospel and they need to hear it with “flavor.” Do you see a Christian friend heading toward distruction? That friend needs to be preserved – that friend needs you to love her and show her through the Word what she is doing wrong. I am close to two dear ladies and both are not hesitant in preserving me 😀 They would rather see me living for the Lord than to stray and be chastised. That is a characteristic of a good friend!
(3) To heal open sores
We have all gargled with salt water at one time or another. It helps to heal mouth sores. Do your words bring comfort and healing? To the lost, your words should be the Gospel. To the saved, your words should be full of mercy rather than judgment. We say that we love the sinner but hate the sin – do we really ? We need to remember that we all are sinners. Not one day goes by that we are not tempted and sin because of it. So who are we to consider ourselves better than the one who has fallen? We are told to love one another – then our words should bring healing to those who are hurting and draw them to the Word.
Every time I look at a salt shaker, you can be sure I will look at it differently!