Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4:6
What a let your speech word picture. Paul knew how to say a lot in a few words.
As salt savors our food, so our speech is to be with grace seasoned with salt, making it wholesome and palatable. We should be salty in what we say to unbelievers, without being preachy, overbearing or insulting. We don’t put a cup of salt in a bowl of soup and expect someone to eat it. The balance comes from grace and godliness, keeping in mind our saltiness should not loose its savor nor should we show any acceptance of worldly speech or conduct
At his Sermon on the Mount, Messiah Jesus told his followers and tells us, let your speech make a difference.
14 You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Neither do you light a lamp and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house. 16 Even so, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16
In that vein, Peter wrote the following Scripture to his brothers and sisters in the Lord. He is very encouraging and shows us let your speech as followers of Messiah Jesus make a difference.
He also shows us “the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” You know worldly people respond to salt and light in different ways. Some receptive and some persecuting. So, we often bear suffering for righteousness’ sake. “Now who will harm you if you become imitators of that which is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “Don’t fear what they fear, neither be troubled.”✡ But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts.” 1 Peter 3:13-15
1 Peter 3:8-22
8 Finally, all of you be like-minded, compassionate, loving as brothers, tenderhearted, courteous, 9 not rendering evil for evil or insult for insult; but instead blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For,
- “He who would love life
- and see good days,
- let him keep his tongue from evil
- and his lips from speaking deceit.
- 11 Let him turn away from evil and do good.
- Let him seek peace and pursue it.
- 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
- and his ears open to their prayer;
- but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”✡
13 Now who will harm you if you become imitators of that which is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “Don’t fear what they fear, neither be troubled.”✡ 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts. Always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear, 16 having a good conscience. Thus, while you are spoken against as evildoers, they may be disappointed who curse your good way of life in Messiah. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, that you suffer for doing what is right than for doing evil. 18 Because Messiah also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit, 19 in whom he also went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who before were disobedient when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ship was being built. In it, few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 This is a symbol of immersion/baptism, which now saves you—not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God—through the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah, 22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, angels and authorities and powers being made subject to him.
From Old Testament, we learn much about wisdom and speech with grace, seasoned with salt.
- Psalms 37:30 The mouth of the righteous talks of wisdom. His tongue speaks justice.
- Prov 10:19-21 In the multitude of words there is no lack of disobedience, but he who restrains his lips does wisely. The tongue of the righteous is like choice silver. The heart of the wicked is of little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many, but the foolish die for lack of understanding.
- Prov 10:31-32 The mouth of the righteous produces wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.
- Prov 12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom, but he who has a warped mind shall be despised.
- Prov 12:18 There is one who speaks rashly like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise heals. 19 Truth’s lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only momentary.
- Prov 15:1-4 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of fools gush out folly. The LORD’s eyes are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good. A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but deceit in it crushes the spirit.
- Prov 15:4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit.
- Prov 15:7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so with the heart of fools.
- Prov 16:1 The plans of the heart belong to man; But the answer of the tongue is from Jehovah.
- Prov 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who love it will eat its fruit.
- Prov 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
- Prov 25:15 By patience a ruler is persuaded. A soft tongue breaks the bone.
- Pro 28:23 One who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than one who flatters with the tongue.
All Scripture quoted above is from the World Messianic Bible WMB unless otherwise noted.
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