A Simple Rule for Speech

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, that you may know how to respond.  (Colossians 4:6)

When out with friends and the topic is critical of another, let my speech be gracious and kind, protective of the other’s dignity.

When the tone turns anti-Christian, let my speech be gracious, seasoned with the salt of truth and the light of love.

When the stories become lewd and the language lacivious, let my speech be gracious in response.

Let my words be healing, peaceful, true.

Make me a channel of Your peace.

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2 thoughts on “A Simple Rule for Speech

  1. I’m not quite sure I understand the intricacies of this scripture, but I know that one of the reasons you like it is because it mentions seasoning our speech with salt :0)

    I hope I’m not being irreverent…I bet this is a time I should be choosing silence.

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  2. Ahh…you have me there! I almost left it with the first sentence because of the ambiguity (and yet, perhaps for the subtle reason you note–I couldn’t leave the salt out!) But the note in my RSV Bible says, “As salt preserves food and enhances its taste, our conversations should be wholesome, edifying, and pure. This is one way Christians can live as ‘salt of the earth.'”
    Maybe that’s why I like conversing with you!

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