Seasoned With Salt
One of the first indication that a man is becoming like Jesus in discipleship is his speech. The word must be our abode, the circumference of our lives. The word must become flesh, that is, become a reality in our lives.
The Bible says out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. The good man speaks from the good that is stored in his heart, while the evil man speaks from the evil that is stored in his heart (Matthew 12:35) . By what we say and how we say it, who we are is revealed.
No wonder the Bible tells us in Colosians 4:6 'Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.' The life of a child of God must be seasoned with salt because salt seasons and preserves. Salt in a man's life is evidenced from his conversations. If the salt in his life is still viable, his conversations will carry life: building and restoring. The Bible says we are the salt of the earth, when the salt loses its saltiness, it is not fit for anything but the rubbish heap.
The life of a child of God must be seasoned with salt. Friend, the fruit of your lips is the proof of who you are: either you are a good tree or an evil tree. Since every tree produces fruit, the fruit you produce is the admisible exhibit of your true life.
Our conversation must provide life. Isaiah 50:4a 'The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are instructed to know how to sustain the weary with a word...' This does not mean that we should gloss over evil remarks, but to declare the truth as graciously as our Master Jesus Christ did.
What manner of words proceeds from your lips- is it salt or bile? Maybe it is meant to be salt but it has lost its saltiness, thus, professing the counterfeit of what we once believed in. Instead of life pouring out, deadness and decay flows out! But you are still declaring the word! Job told his three friends their words though seemingly right, were poison, it could not produce life and the Lord affirmed it when He told them to return to Job to pray for them.
Take Home Thought:
The cause of every broken relationship be it marriage, business, discipleship is lack of salt in either one or both parties. Friend, let your speech, conversation be gracious, seasoned with salt, carrying the totality of God for edifying, correcting and rebuking in love.