by Tammy Phillips
January 3, 2021
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (Colossians 4:6 NKJV)
I read Colossians 4:6 like this: Let your speech, whether it is to someone else or to myself, be ALWAYS and at ALL TIMES with grace, seasoned with salt, that I may know how I should answer every man including myself.
Suppose the Holy Spirit is trying to further teach us how to talk and keep our mouth shut? How do we talk to others? To ourselves? Do we exercise grace in our words? Do we talk to ourself with grace? Do our words and inward thoughts provide joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, good will, loving-kindness, favor, merciful kindness? Do our words strengthen ourselves and others in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindle the exercise of the Christian virtues?
Is our speech seasoned with salt?
We season things to elevate the taste. We salt things to improve the flavor. Salt decreases bitterness and increases sweetness. HMM? Salty grace what a concept!
So, our graceful words should decrease bitterness and increase sweetness? OUCH. I suppose that I shall continue to apply invisible duct tape to my mouth! I will need to think long and hard before I remove it to speak. I better be led by the Spirit. I knew there was a reason I didn’t talk much.
I enCOURAGE you to exercise salty grace.