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Gracious Salty Language

30 Sep

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:2-6, NRSV)

I was drawn as I read this passage from Colossians to “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt”

Seasoned with salt. Your language should be salty!

And if you are like me that means salty language makes you think of stuff that would make your mother blush. Most sailors and truckers would be able to do this.

So does this mean we need to use language that would have gotten my mouth washed out when I was younger?

No that is not what that means. But our language should be gracious and understanding of the place the people we are talking to are. We need to answer everyone in a way that they will respond to, which means one size does not fit all.

We as Christians need to be open to the working of the Spirit and able to follow and answer as the Spirit gives us utterance.

Have gracious salty language!

 

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