“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Colossians 4:6, NKJV)
We have all heard it said before, “Sometimes it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” There is wisdom and truth to this statement. We have all been guilty of saying, what might be, the right thing, in the wrong way. Sometimes we let our emotions get the best of us. Troubles, frustrations and difficulties of the day tempt us to speak to someone, most often a loved one, in the wrong tone. But Paul in this verse tells us how we ought to speak to one another, no matter who we are speaking to. “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
1. Be honest with yourself. Are you a person who may be guilty of saying the right thing in the wrong way?
2. Are you a person who “always” has to get your point across, or “say what’s on your mind?” If you are, there is a very good chance that you are guilty of saying the right thing the wrong way.
3. Paul tells us to let our speech “be with grace, seasoned with salt.” What kind of seasoning do your words carry? Are your words pleasingly palatable or are they difficult to receive and hard to digest?
4. Do you really understand that it is not what you say that is sometimes most important, it is HOW YOU SAY WHAT YOU SAY?