By Bridgett Lopata
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer to everyone.”
I’ve always wondered why Paul used salt in this verse. I don’t know exactly what it meant to the people in Paul’s day, but I know what it means to me now:
- Salt is used as a cleaning agent for many different things. We are called to live a clean and pure life that is pleasing to Jesus.
- Salt is used to preserve meats, fruits and vegetables. We are being called to preserve the truth and offset the moral decline that the world is plunging toward.
- Salt is used to heal wounds. We are called to show others the path to Jesus and his healing power and redemption.
- Salt makes you thirsty. Part of our job is to make others “thirsty” for the Living Water.
- Salt adds flavors to food. We are called to make a difference and show others what the kingdom of God tastes like.
- Salt is distinctive. We should live a life set apart and different, fully devoted to God.
- Salt is used to kill weeds. We are called to root out the evil in us and around us.
- Salt helps “set” colors. When we walk alongside each other, we can help strengthen and encourage other believers.
- Salt is an essential nutrient. We are called to point others to the One who is vital to our lives.
Maybe this is why Paul chose salt instead of cinnamon or pepper or chili powder.
May we all learn how to better speak with grace and salt.