Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4: 6
Words! The world is full of them. Words are everywhere we go. Some are good, some are not so good. Some are inspiring and some are draining. Some encourage us to move forward in life and some set us back. Words are the key in a successful relation or a debilitating one. Words bring growth or they can also stagnate. Words are what civilizations are built on. In the case of the tower of Babel in Genesis 11, the passage says their progress was unstoppable because they spoke the same words in agreement with each other. After their words became confused, all progress stopped.
Today’s scripture is about speaking words of grace. The God kind of words. It starts out with, you allowing and selecting gracious words to come out, all the time. You are the one who has the choice and authority to speak God’s grace into every situation. God’s Words build up and encourage. God’s Words motivate and inspire and God’s Words love and honor those who would hear. The passage also speaks of salty words, words that make others thirsty for the living water. These are not condemning words or words of foolishness. Salty words are wise and creative, inspired by the Word of God and His Spirit within you.
Gracious, salty words are not always our first response in life, in fact, most people are prone to respond first of all with a world view. Because it is popular or basically what we are surrounded by everywhere we go, words often come out cynical and guarded. God’s kind of language has to be premeditated. You have to plan ahead of time that you are going to speak encouraging and uplifting words all the time. If you don’t have them in any given situation, you do not have to speak at all. Many times we feel pressure that we have to have a comment or sarcastic remark, but these are not responses that are necessary for building others up. Ephesians 4:29 says, don’t let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths but only what is helpful for building others up and brings grace to all who hear. It doesn’t say, I strongly suggest you do this or whenever you feel like doing it, it emphatically starts with DO NOT LET THESE WORDS OUT COME OUT.
Today I want to encourage you to put a plan in place for speaking words of God’s goodness and grace. Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you that you are now speaking God’s encouraging Words on purpose every time you are tempted to be sarcastic or cynical. Use your inner feelings of disappointment, disgust and discouragement as triggers that you actually need to speak something good into the situation. Recognize that your words are influencing the direction of every conversation you have in life. Are they leading to life causing others to look for goodness or are the pointing toward deterioration and leading others down a road of destruction. As you make your plans for 2021, make speaking God’s kind of Words part of it. You always have the choice in the words you speak, make the choice one that draws others closer to God, not push them farther away.
Today’s scripture reading: Colossians 4:1-6