Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
Thanks so much for joining me today for the conclusion to our May’s Words of Wisdom and Weapons of Warfare. Grab your coffee and your Strand of Faith and let’s get back to these tasty words found in Paul’s letter to the Colossians.
So we’ve been encouraged by Paul that even in light of disagreement with others and their beliefs, we are to add sweetness to our words with the spice of grace. He then continues to add flavor by saying: “. . . seasoned with salt that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
Well, if grace is the sugar, what is the salt? In Ephesians 4:29, Paul warns us about corrupt words coming out of our mouths and to make sure that what comes out is good for necessary edification and that it imparts grace to the hearer. So is the “salt” necessary edification? Let’s explore that through the Greek concordance.
Ouch! Salt translates to “prudence.” So in other words, we must be slow to speak, not only think before we speak, but pray before we speak.
Metaphorically speaking, salt refers to character and condition of the believer. Salt is also used as a metaphorical symbol of peace and of wisdom.
Did you know that salt has purifying, perpetuating and antiseptic qualities? Think about it: salt on a wound does what? Salt on sweet fruit does what? Do you see the significance and the healing power our salty words could have?
Jesus used salt figuratively as a symbol of spiritual health and vigor which is essential to Christian virtue and counteracts the corruption that is in the world. Is it any wonder that a sign of our Spiritual health is revealed in and through our Tasty Words?
Oh, to be more sweet and salty . . . Join me tomorrow for Croley’s Corner @ Chicklit Power and Faith Filled Fridays!