“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” – Colossians 4:6
Gracious speech. Everyone knows all too well this is easier read than done.
Yet we are called to do it. So what is the salt then?
Jesus himself answers that question. We are the salt of the earth and light of the world. As followers of Christ we are called to be living examples of the Gospel.
Paul is pointing out that our speech should be seasoned with the Gospel at every opportunity, and when this happens the Gospel has sorted your answers out for you, provided you know what is in it.
Some though, are afraid to speak the truth to others. This ought not to be so.
It is not that they are ashamed of the Gospel itself and what it stands for(Romans 1:16), but they are afraid of hurting someone’s feelings or offending a non-believer.
It might be likened to driving in a single lane of construction traffic. You fully know that driving the speed limit is the right thing to do, yet you still feel bad for holding others up behind you who wish to pass and go 20 over.
We cannot be afraid to speak the Gospel in truth and love, no matter what may come of it. We should share the good news, with gentleness and respect, and be prepared to suffer for it (1 Peter 3:15). It will seem foolish to some(1 Corinthians 1:18). You may even be hated(John 15:18-19). We press on nevertheless. We maintain our lane, sharing with everyone that for some, the bridge is out ahead.
We set an example for other believers as well in speech(1 Timothy 4:12), like not taking God’s name in vain(Exodus 20:7), or typing it out as [omg]. When we repost things on social media, it is as though we have condoned it and said it from our own mouths.
“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45