Salty Speech

Salt.  An oldy from the summer but perfect for a first post. 🙂

Colossians 4:6 – “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”


I was reading this verse today and the word salt popped out at me like that stubborn lingering kernel that explodes right after the popcorn bag comes out of the microwave.

Salt? I wondered.  Why salt?…….Why not sugar?……..Sugar is sweet……………Wouldn’t we want our speech to be sweet?  Or why couldn’t it be seasoned with some other herb or spice like garlic, ginger, oregano, or even peppermint to add the extra benefit of fresh breath?

This got me thinking about salt.  First off, it flavors food.  Easy enough.  A sprinkle of salt on almost anything adds that little extra umph to make your taste receptors sing the Campbell’s soup jingle of “Mmmmm mmmm good.”  Sodium (Na+) is also of vital importance for maintaining balance in the body.  It is the primary extracellular cation and works in conjunction with potassium to pass billions of electrical signals throughout the body.  I also know that water follows sodium.  This is why a low sodium diet is often prescribed for high blood pressure or why you pee less after devouring that bag of salty pretzels.

Alright, enough of the science lesson, and that doesn’t seem to answer my question as to why our speech should be salty not sweet……or does it?  What would life be like if our speech was always sweet?  The answer would always be yes.  Your orange striped shirt would always match your purple plaid shorts according to your best friend, and that piece of parsley would remain stuck between your teeth because no one would have the heart or the words to tell you it was there.

Salty speech…….full of grace, truth, and flavor.  The kind of speech that builds you up and gives you peace and balance; that won’t make you stumble and fall.  The kind of speech that is not sugar coated to give you a false sense of security; the kind that is down to earth and real.  The kind of speech that connects people like an electrical wire connects two telephone poles and the kind that signals the light (bulb) in our souls to keep on shining.  It is the kind of speech that flows from our mouths like water flows from a stream to nourish and refresh those around us.

Flavor. Balance. Electrical signals.  Water.  It looks like our speech simply has to be salty, carefully seasoned in just the right proportions to leave the impact that keeps people coming back for more.


There you have it everyone.

Break out the salt shaker.


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