Your Speech Be Seasoned With the Salt of Grace

Salt of the Earth? Speek Like it!

Ye Are The Salt of the Earth
Ye Are The Salt of the Earth

Speech Seasoned With Salt

What Does It Mean To Be The Salt of the Earth?
What Does It Mean To Be The Salt of the Earth?

Speaking With Grace

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. (KJV Bible)

‘Twas a bright summer day, and, as a youngster, I remember fishing with my father. We always took with us a vine ripened, home grown, slurpingly juicy tomato as part of our lunch. It was sweet like candy, and all it needed was a sprinkle of salt to make it complete! We ate the fruit whole; That was the only way, messy but delicious.

Seasoned with salt - think with me about the value of salt to our food. God has made our tastes yearn for it in every bite of food. It is like having a comfy coat in the winter’s breeze, or fresh flower to spring’s morn.

Ye Are The Salt of the world!

Ye are the salt of the earth
Ye are the salt of the earth

Food unsalted in insipid to the pallet.

THE loss in our food of salt is a loss of seasoning. Food unsalted in insipid to the pallet. It might well be eatable, but its placidness leaves much to be desired. Look at some of what the Scriptures say about salt:

(Mat 5:13) Ye (Christians) are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden underfoot of men.

(Mar 9:50) Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

(Luke 14:34) Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

(Colossians 4:6) Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

If food unsalted is tasteless, so is it with our speech. The Apostle Paul uses this metaphor to say, “As salt is to food, there are seasonings (grace) to our speech. What are its best seasonings? The list I make in this article is a simple one, but it certainly reveals the profound witness our lives make to the world when the palatable graces of Christianity are revealed.

To begin my recipe is the simple salt of “good sense.” Without the savory grace of good sense, we are silly and tiresome. In other words, “Think, before you speak.”

The thoughtless are rarely wordless. (Howard W Newton)

Common sense saves valuable time arguing with potential idiots. Lack of this grace reveals the real one in all of us.

There is great value in thinking before you speak or act! On the road one day, a man and a woman smashed their cars together in a dreadful wreck. Both vehicles were totaled, but fortunately neither person was wounded. The woman said to the man, "Thank goodness we're both okay! We should celebrate. I have a bottle of wine in my car, so let's open it and toast the fact that we survived this wreck." The man agreed and the woman opened the bottle of wine and handed it to him. He took a huge swallow and handed it back. The woman closed the bottle and set it down by his car. The man asked, "Aren't you going to take a drink?" "No," the woman said. "I think I'll just wait for the cops to get here."

Along with good sense comes the salt of knowledge. This grace makes all conversation informative. ‘Study to show yourself approved’; be prepared. How we dread meeting the man of only one idea, who can talk only of his single subject, like the same tune whistled over and over again. He is altogether unpleasant to be around. To him his subject is of paramount interest, and no matter how a conversation is begun, his boorish, offensive shrill is going to be played. In his talk there is no salt, and no seasoning. Use your living to gain knowledge, and your knowledge to gain common sense and wisdom.

My recipe for salty, grace filled speech also calls for humor! Perhaps nothing seasons conversation so much as humor. I am writing of such wit which bursts not like a flash of lightning: but the gently engaging spirit that plays with a subject and gets fun out of every side of it.

” A sense of humor is just common sense dancing.” William James

“Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” Hugh Sidney

Let me ask my readers this question, “Does God have a sense of humor?” I believe (No, I know!) that he does. When I read of Him using donkeys and roosters to preach, when I read my own life and my pulpit bloopers, when I read the anecdotes of church mishaps, I see God WITH ‘LOL’s’ all over the place. However, this is part of a greater picture that makes Christianity not only tenable but attractive. Christian friends - Have a sense of humor.

Take a laugh at some of my favorite church bulletin bloopers.

· “Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.”

"The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus."

"Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered."

The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to conflict.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

Don't let worry kill you. Let the Church help.

Friends, it’s all right to laugh! There is actually “salt” here that attracts people to Jesus and Christianity!

If the grace of humor brightens, the salty grace of being gracious makes speech pleasant and persuasive. If love be the ruling motive, graciousness will be the sure outcome. Love is the best seasoning and the most persuasive pleader in all conversation.

The old story is told about a Quaker who had a bundle of hides stolen from his warehouse. He wondered what steps he should take to thwart a repetition of such an act. Instead of putting the mechanism of the law in action, he placed the following ad in the newspapers: "Whoever stole a quantity of hides on the 5th of this month is hereby informed that the owner has a sincere wish to be his friend.” This may not seem to be the recommended course, but a Christian’s heart and prayer often lead down unlikely grace filled paths. His article continued, “If poverty tempted him to take this step, the owner will keep the whole transaction secret and will gladly help him to obtain money by means more likely to bring him peace of mind." A few nights later, when the family was about to lay down to rest, a man knocked at the door of the Quaker's house, carrying with him a bundle of skins. "I have brought them back," he said. "It is the first time I ever stole anything, and I have felt very bad about it." The Christian gracefully and with godly love forgave him. “Let it be the last, friend. … The secret still lies between ourselves." Soon the Quaker hired the would be thief and shared the Gospel message of Christianity. The man’s life was changed.

I have a pastor friend who years ago had a neighbor who hated preachers. He told the pastor that he did not want to talk to him about anything Christian. My friend chose to show gracious love rather than “preach” to his neighbor. His wife had a custom of baking pies for the family, and the pastor had his wife every week or so to bake an extra pie just for the neighbor. The pastor delivered the pie with no sermon, just a smile and a ‘God bless you.’ Week after week the neighbor took the pie with a thank you, but with a Gospel resistance, “I’ll take the pie, but no preaching, Preacher!” Months passed. Then, one day’s morn, he invited the pastor in and requested to know more about what made this pastor so gracious. My friend introduced him to Jesus, and his life was changed.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. (KJV Bible)

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Marliza Gunter 6 years ago from South Africa

Wow...excellent hub...great humor...please do more of these salted hubs...many blessings... :)


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Pastor_Walt 6 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee Author

Thanks Marzila - for the visit and comment!


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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Pastor Walt I love this hub. Fantastic. I know Christ has a sense of humor. He is so cool. Yes we are the salt of the earth, and this is a wonderful reminder to remain steadfast in Christ. There is much work to be done. I love ya Pastor Walt. You are an inspiration to many. Keep on keeping on bro. Your writing flows like sweet fresh living water. You may 'preach' old gospel, but you share truth. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Come over and visit a hub. I have not seen you in a while. Many Blessings Pastor.


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Pastor_Walt 6 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee Author

Thanks skye2day

You always inspire me!


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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

I really love reading this, I consider this hub as a present for me in this lovely Sunday, thank you for delivering such great online sermon Pastor, God Bless you!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Pastor Walt, This was a great Hub! Insightful, seasoned and salted with wisdom and humor! I agree! I believe God has a sense of humor! JOY is a part of the Fruit of His Spirit! Thank you for sharing, In His Love, Peace & Blessings!


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Pastor_Walt 6 years ago from Jefferson City, Tennessee Author

Thanks for the visit and comments! Deborrah and febrie...


Margie 23 months ago

That's a qu-kiiwctted answer to a difficult question


Fesalmaxamud 23 months ago

Beryl , what an Beryl , what an amazing reipce, I followed your directions to the T and it was amazing my wife and 2 children 3 & 5 yrs old all ate it up. AMAZING , That night the kids slept wit my wife & I because they do that some nights and all 4 of us were in our king size bed and Laughing because those beans gave us some wonderful anal artillary. I will check out some of your other video's as wellBlessings and Grace,Warren Tibbs , KC Missouri

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