Episode ThemeCommunity-Building: The power of words.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
At the end of his letter to Christians living in Colosse, Paul wrote to them “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you my know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:6) Why would Paul tell his friends to season their words with salt? Sounds strange…..unless you know what salt does!
Did you know people didn’t always have refrigerators and freezers? They needed a way to store food to eat—and they had to preserve their food so that the food would be safe to eat. How could they do that without a freezer? With salt. Someone, a very very very long time ago, discovered that salt rubbed into food (like meat) would preserve the food in a safe way. As soon as people realized that they could keep food for a longer time, they could take food from the harvest and save it for when there was little food growing. And they could take food with them and travel for a longer distance.
Salt was so valuable that the Roman Empire built roads, called salt roads, so that salt could be easily taken to large cities for the people to use. Salt was traded everywhere. People also discovered that if they mixed the salt with other minerals, the salt would get contaminated. It would taste funny and wouldn’t preserve the food as well.
Why does Paul tell us to season our conversation with salt? He means that our words should be tasty and delightful to people who may hear them. Our words can be used as a preservative—to build strong relationships among us. Our words can point others toward Christ.
Are your words salty? Do your words build up people around you? Does your conversation reflect that Jesus lives in your heart? The next time you talk to someone, remember Paul’s advice: let your conversation be full of grace and seasoned with salt!