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“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
The Bible tells us that we are the salt of the earth. What does that mean? How do we “season” our lives and the lives of those around us?
We are SALT.
For starters, we add flavour. Our key verse this morning is Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” In other words, the things we say make a difference. We need to be gentle, gracious. Kind and sweet. Research indicates that a pregnant woman’s attitudes and emotions affect her unborn baby. A grumpy mom means a grumpy home, and it sometimes seems like everyone we meet is affected by our mood – for better or for worse.
The good news is that we have control of what we say. Proverbs 15:1 tells us that “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” The implication is that we can choose whether to answer softly, or in a way that stirs up anger.
Verse 7 of chapter 15 says “The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.” In other words, a symptom of wisdom is that when we speak, what we say educates and exhorts others.
How do we make sure that what we say is in fact seasoned with salt? Proverbs 15:28 gives us the answer: “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.” Don’t rush to speak! Think about it. Look it up. Ask for help! Or just say nothing at all. Not saying a good thing when it’s needed can be hurtful, but saying a bad thing when it’s not needed can do so much more damage: you can’t take it back.
In Ephesians 4:29, Paul tells us “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Bear in mind that he was under house arrest when he wrote this. If he’d been like me, he’d have been inciting a rebellion, demanding his rights, campaigning for release. He’d have had a blog and Facebook page with hourly updates, telling the world about the injustice of it all! What does he say? Let NO corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth. The only things we should say, according to Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, are things that are good to the use of edifying. And why? So that we can minister grace unto the hearers. Minister means serve, attend to needs. Grace means unmerited favour. It means good things you don’t deserve. So we need to serve others with good things they don’t even deserve. Words of life.