Salty Speech

By Pastor Mark Jordan

Have you ever been accused of using salty speech? Maybe your language is coarse, or jokes off-color? What if I were to tell you that God wants your speech to be salty? Feel a little freer?

Check out what the Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 4:5-6, “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (NIV). Seasoned with salt…I like it. But what does that mean?

If you think about salt, it has a myriad of uses, but I want to focus on three: it preserves, enhances flavors, and actually brings out the unique flavor of a food. Harkening back to Jesus’ teaching to be salt for the world (Matthew 5:13), we get some really great insight about how we are supposed to behave. As we read Paul’s words in today’s text, we see that our salty speech must also be directed toward “outsiders,” or non-Christians.

How can you use your words to show others the love of God? With whom can you share your unique story to show how God works? How can you show that faith makes you more of who you were created to be, and not to keep you from having any fun? Sharing like so might just preserve a soul for eternity with the Heavenly Father.

Let your speech be salty, but only salty in a way to show others that God is real, loves people, and has a purpose for life. Let’s be salty…how ’bout it?

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for helping me see how my life, and speech in particular, can help help preserve, bring out the uniqueness of life, and enhance the goodness of what you want to do in the world. I ask for your help and guidance that I may represent you with my words where over I am and in whatever I do. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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