Posted August 27, 2015
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with saltso that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Here the Apostle Paul calls those in Colossae to let their speech not only be gracious but also seasoned with salt toward each person they interact with. What does this mean?
Gracious Speech From Graced Hearts
One can only speak gracefully if they’ve been given grace. Here the grace spoken is a reflection of the grace poured out on them. R. Kent Hughes commented, “‘Gracious’ speech presupposed grace in their hearts, ‘for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks’ (Matthew 12:34). As grace flow through the heart, it flows outward in kindness.” We are channels of grace by which God speaks to those around us. May our speech reflect the Grace-giver in its graciousness!
Not only are we to speak graciously, but also “seasoned with salt.” This seems to point to two things. First is Jesus telling His disciples that they are the salt of the earth. Secondly, the ESV Study Bible says, “When applied to conversation, the metaphor suggests speaking in an interesting, stimulating, and wise way.” There’s to be a joyful wit about Christians and their conversations, not bland pre-packaged thoughts.
Paul expects the church in Colossae to not be isolated in some locked-down commune where they only interact with other Christians, but rather to also be interacting with those outside the church in everyday situations! Note that this message is contextualized to people! We don’t answer people in general, but we answer “each person.” We need wisdom from God for each person we interact with who asks different questions and is coming from a vastly different place! We need the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts & conversations.
While ultimately our trust is in God to save others, we do want to consider how we represent Him to others and want to be gracious & thoughtful. How we speak to others matters! May our conversations be beautifully fragrant ones that point others to Christ!
Devotional by Joel Limpic.
Song by Chris & Emery Clark.
Artwork by Chris Wright.