Seasoned with Salt

Colossians 4:6
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you should answer every man.

Proverbs 12:18
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Matthew 12:34
For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

We all know that salt has two primary purposes; it preserves and adds flavor. When the Bible speaks about your words being seasoned with salt, it means they should preserve and not corrupt, be in good taste and they should be for the well being of others. I'm sure you know that words are powerful. Once we have said something, it can not be taken back. We have all said things that we later regret. We sometimes fail to realize that what we say could lift someone up or tear them down. What if something you said to someone was the final straw? What if your harsh words were all the pain they could take? What could that do to a person? Let's look at it the other way. What if something you said saved someone's life? What if your words were the glimpse of light they needed to go on?

Words have power. What we speak with our mouths is what is in our hearts. Jesus said that if we tell a mountain to bury itself in the sea, it must obey our command, we know here He was talking about faith. Think about it, that's how powerful words are. In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he said "do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you". God wants us to build each other up. He wants us to speak words of encouragement to one another. We must be wise with our choice of words. We must learn to hold our tongues when we are upset or angry. We do not need to tear each other down by speaking words of contempt, frustration, slander, rage, or anger, but speaking words that bring joy, happiness, peace, and love.


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