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SALTY SPEECH

Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”

 I THOUGHT THAT WAS A BAD THING

Whenever you hear someone described as having a “salty tongue” that usually implies they are prone to use curse words or harsh tones a lot.  It does not mean they are always eating salt.  LOL.  But here in this verse Paul is giving the Colossians advice on how to deal with people.

What does salt do?  It gives flavor.  It makes things taste better, if used in the right proportion.  It can even make bitter coffee less bitter if you sprinkle a little in your cup.  How about that?  We should make our remarks to others less bitter.  We should measure our words carefully.  This will allow us to be able to respond to people properly.

TEACHING MOMENT

Children definitely need to learn this when they are young.  We must teach them to talk to others with respect and honor, even when they may not “deserve” it.  Our response to them is a reflection of Jesus.  They may only know Jesus through us, so we must represent Him well.

Children can be cruel.  If you have or have ever had a middle schooler, then you know what I mean.  They can say the meanest, harshest things to each other.  Teach your children to respond with grace, as though seasoned with salt. I promise in the long run, it will do them good.

Do you struggle with a salty tongue? I don’t mean that in a good way. I mean, do you say harsh things to others if you are offended.  Hold your breath, count to ten and ask yourself how Jesus would respond.  I am not pulling out the old WWJD slogan (even though it is a good one).  I am suggesting that you remember whose you are.

Lord, it’s hard at times to hold my tongue.  It’s hard to speak grace when I want to hit someone. I’m just being honest, Lord.  Give me the words to say that will speak Jesus to others.

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