December 21 – Salty Language God’s Way

Colossians 3:18-4:18; Ezekiel 31-32; Isaiah 56

I have friends who are proud of the fact that they tell the plain, unvarnished truth – at least as they see it. They don’t sugar coat things, they say what they think is right and they let the chips fall where they may. And, I might add in a moment of personal honesty, I have been rightfully accused of this at times. Usually those of us who speak in that mode are speaking the truth, as we see it, and it’s usually a biblical truth. When dealing with opposition, we innocently say something like, “Don’t blame me – blame God. Those are His words.”

The problem is that God’s word also talks about speaking reasonably towards others. In our day, we might use the term “sugar coated.” Paul wrote it this way “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.” When Paul talks about salt here, he isn’t talking about what we call “salty language” such as that used by the proverbial sailors. He isn’t talking about the kind of speaking that will induce high blood pressure and heart attacks. Salt in New Testament times was a preservative. Our words should be working towards preserving relationships that others might have with God. We should be drawing others towards God, not driving them away from God. Salt had great value – our English word “salary” comes from the Latin word for salt which was “salarium.” When we speak, our words should have great value. When we remember that God is about restoring and developing our relationship with Him and the relationship others have with Him, it should cause us to pause and make sure that what we are about to say has great value and has preservative effects when it comes to God.

I am very leery of listening to anyone who tries to appear perfect while attacking others. We have all sinned. We have all fallen short of God’s plan for our lives. As I look at this I need to focus less on being right and more on developing my relationship with God. This obviously doesn’t mean to lie as we talk to others to make them feel better, but as I seek to talk with others, I pray that my words will always have value and help them preserve and/or develop their relationship with God.

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I am a retired Middle School Teacher. I share each day what God is teaching me from reading His word hoping that people can benefit from reading what God has taught me.
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1 Response to December 21 – Salty Language God’s Way

  1. Well said and very informative. Thank you. I enjoy much of what you write and share.

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