Colossians 4:6 Your speech must always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. (NASB)
For people that know me, if you invite me to eat, I will go anywhere. There is no food to which I will say no. I have eaten things that some people would never touch, such as pickled pigs’ feet, all kinds of gizzards and chicken feet, among many other foods. My parents taught me to never say no to food, because we never knew if we were going to have another meal, of if we would have enough to eat. Always accept it and eat it, and if at first it doesn’t look good, ask for salt and pepper, which may help the flavor.
That lesson made me think of the words of the apostle Paul. Sometimes we are going to have to have unpleasant and difficult conversations with people we love. But no matter how difficult these conversations are, we need to add grace, which is the “salt” to our speech. Each person is different in the way they perceive our words. Our posture, tone and volume communicate as much as the words we say. When we talk to our family and our neighbors, we need to season our words so that we help them and not push them away from God.