Colossians 4:6 – Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
How would you describe your conversations? Are they full of grace? Are they seasoned with salt? What does it mean for our conversations to be seasoned with salt? There are a couple different ways to look at that. In order to answer that question we must first look at what salt is used for.
First let’s look at salt as a preservative. In years past people would use salt to preserve meat and make it last longer. It would keep it from rotting so that it could be eaten at a later date. Today you will find salt in many things to prolong shelf life. In this sense salt prolongs the life of whatever it is put into. To look at the salt in our speech from this perspective would mean that our words bring life to people. Our words will prolong their life and keep them from “rotting” away.
We also see salt used as a seasoning. It enhances the natural taste in foods so that they taste better and we want to eat more. Salt also makes us thirsty. In looking at it this way we see that our speech ought to be fresh and inviting, bringing out the natural flavor of Christ that is within us. Thus, our words will cause others to desire more. They will be hungry and thirsty to hear more of the Truth that you have within you.
As for being full of grace, you speech should not be judgmental or condemning. You must show Love to all and it should be evident through what you say. It is not your job to convict people, that job belongs to the Spirit. Your job is to represent Christ in all you do and let your words be full of life.