"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." Colossians 4:6 ESV
When I was growing up, every summer, there was a farmer who would go from house to house selling watermelons from the bed of his pickup truck. Our grandad would always spend a fair amount of time picking out the best melon. He would tap on them and fill their weight; once he had one, the thought was the right candidate, he would cut out a plug and give it the final test for taste. After setting in the refrigerator for a few hours, we would slice up the watermelons and sit under a shade tree and enjoy the cold treat. To enhance the natural sweetness of the melon, we would sprinkle it with salt. I can tell you there was nothing more refreshing on a hot, sticky midwestern August day than that watermelon.
In this letter, Paul encourages us to season our conversations with salt. To let the Holy Spirit sweeten our speech In verse 5, he says, "Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time." We are to serve as an example to the non-Christian world around us at every opportunity, but perhaps most notably in what we say. Paul writes in Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. As Christians, we are to be cautious in what we say, always being gracious and encouraging, Letting our words be sweetened as with salt. Through the Holy Spirit's guidance, we are given the right words to say, the words of healing and encouragement that those we come in contact with need to hear.
God, we give you thanks for the opportunities you give us each day to testify of your goodness. We ask for your guidance today to sweeten the conversations we have with others. Let what we say give hope and encouragement. Fill our hearts with the words that the broken world needs to hear. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus.