“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:6, NIV)
Sitting in the stands with other moms alongside the basketball court is a place I frequent. It’s also a place where the enemy tempts me toward ungracious speech.
As moms, we face that temptation often. It starts with play dates, then gradually transitions through the different stages of our children’s lives.
Whether it’s chatting with a dearly loved Mom or defending our child to the mom who brings out every fiber of Mama Bear living within, we talk. A lot.
Scripture uses the phrase, “seasoned with salt.” Very little salt is actually needed to season a dish. Too much ruins it. Yet, not enough, and it is irrelevant to the flavor. What about the kind of salt? Table salt, sea salt, Himalayan pink salt? The type of salt we choose can potentially ruin what could be a wonderful meal.
The same goes for our words. The quantity and quality matter. If they are to be gracious and effective in response, they must be seasoned with wisely chosen and wisely used salt.
God calls us to encourage and lift up one another, and represent Him well with all our words and deeds.
Today, let’s challenge ourselves to inventory our words for both quantity and quality. Not only our spoken words, but the words we choose in our emails, texts, and on social media.
Are they gracious?
Do they lift up?
Is truth shared in love?
Do our words unite? Or do they divide?
Then let’s commit to making a change for the better.
Where our words attack or divide, with the grace of God wrapped around us, let’s turn those words into ones that encourage and unite. Friends, perfection is not our goal, but progress is. One word at a time, we can shine the light of Christ
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