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Gracious Speech, Seasoned with Salt

Image of two fingers sprinkling salt with the words "let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt so that you may know how you ought to answer each person"

“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” ~Colossians 4:6

Paul was writing to the believers in Colossae teaching them how to work with “outsiders”. He tells them, make the most of your time - don’t waste it on empty small talk. In verse 6, he packs it full by using the term “seasoned with salt”. This single phrase speaks volumes.

Salt makes food exciting! Any conversation where Jesus is the subject should not be boring! And salt prevents spoiling - so our words should not be corrupt, trying to fit in with the world. Salt is an essential nutrient, just like Jesus! He is the Bread of Life and we cannot truly live without Him. Salt draws water to the surface - water is a representation of the Holy Spirit.

To be effective ambassadors, we must be filled and led by the Spirit when we are talking about Jesus. Even though we are told to be ready, that doesn’t mean we need to have a script - He will guide our conversations, making them a perfect fit, uniquely designed for each specific person.

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” ~John 4:26

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” ~ Isaiah 55:11

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” ~1 Peter 3:15

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