Not only does Paul teach us to let our words be with grace, he also said they need to be seasoned with salt.
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4:6 NKJV
Our words need to be seasoned with salt.
I want to tell you about salt that is good for you and good for those around you. Think about what salt does by design: it flavors and preserves.
When you put salt on any food, what does the salt do for that particular item? Salt, in itself, is not necessarily the flavoring of the actual material you are eating. Salt enhances the flavor of what is already there. That is why you do not have to buy cheeseburger salt, chicken salt, and french fry salt separately. All you need to buy is salt, because it brings out whatever flavor is there to a higher level.
Salt Quality #1: Adding Flavor to Others
The exhortation is to add flavor to others when you speak to them. Use your words to bring out the flavor of who they are. To do this, you need to see them according to who God has called them to become and align your words with that picture. Imagine each person being a beautifully prepared recipe of ingredients that add flavor to life. Walk up to someone and say, “The flavor you add to life is delicious!”
In all seriousness, people are so bombarded with words that deflate them, why not add value and life to their hearts? Others will walk in a better understanding and confidence of who they are. We are all encouraged by this and think, “Wow, it is encouraging to know people are noticing that in my life.” What we pay attention to and affirm will grow in others. The more we do this, life is breathed into their identities.
So here is your question: Do people gain more flavor in their life by being around you? Ask yourself, “Am I a flavor enhancer?” If not, start today by speaking encouraging words.
Salt Quality #2: Preserving Righteousness in People’s Lives
Salt has an ability to preserve. Your words can preserve righteousness in people’s lives, or in other words, preserve the identity of God in them.
When God delivers us and sets us free, we engage in what the Bible calls sanctification, a process of being set apart from ways that are not of God and putting on the new identity that He has given us. Part of that word sanctification also means “to preserve.” When we are walking in sanctification, we are not only being set free from something, we are being preserved in what we are now gaining. For example, when someone becomes delivered from rage, they are able to walk in a greater dimension of patience. That person has become sanctified from rage and is now being preserved in patience. God is seeking to preserve us in the ways He has established for us. That is why Paul said in 1 Thessalonians:
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV
If our words are seasoned with salt, we preserve righteousness in the lives of those around us. Your words can keep people strong in the ways of the Kingdom. You keep the nature of God powerfully alive in them, preserved for eternity.
In what way can you help encourage and preserve the nature of God in someone else’s identity?