by Heather Tietz
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
Salt. Life depends on It. Muscles and nerves can’t function without it. In fact, all living things must have salt in their diet to survive. Our good God made salt palatable so that we would be drawn to eat it. Not too much, but just enough to brighten our food and make our bodies function right.
Speech needs salt to make it function right as well, to make it worthwhile, meaningful, helpful. Our speech, whatever the topic, needs life preserving salt, choice seasoning. It needs savory, thoughtful, heartfelt, and true words that draw outsiders in. Understanding words, gracious words that don’t separate ourselves from others but convey “We are at this table together. Taste this! See how good God is.”
Brash, hot sauce, arguing words, burn. But kind, gracious words, get swallowed. “His kindness leads us to repentance.” So our kindness will win others to Him too.