Have you ever said something you almost instantly regret? I’m pretty sure we have all done or said something we wish we could take back.
The thing is, as soon as, we say something we can never actually take the words back because they have already been said.
Usually when we think of salty things, we could think of either yummy or negative things like taking an accidental gulp of ocean water.
Millions of people use salt to enhance the flavor of so many delicious dishes.
“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
Why not use salt with our words? So, that our words would be flavored (said) correctly to the hearer.
“But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”
None of us can completely tame our tongues.
Words can be used to build up and encourage or gossip, backbite and lash out.
We may have no intention of hurting someone with our words, but we have no idea how someone will take something that we said. Everyone perceives things differently.
We may hear someone that we have never met say something that seems rude, but if we actually knew them or what they were talking about we most likely wouldn’t have perceived it as rude.
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
If we truly are children of God, we should be striving to be peacemakers.
What is a peacemaker?
I’m so glad you asked!
Peacemakers are easy to get along with.
They ask God for wisdom and guidance.
They don’t try to cause trouble.
They listen more than talk.
They know how to walk away.
They solve problems with kindness.
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
It can be hard when someone is talking rude to just say something polite and walk away, but if we truly want to be peacemakers that is what we need to do.
It seems like our tongues can run us so fast into a deep hole with each word digging us about 6 feet deeper.
Every morning when I talk with God, I ask Him to help me soften my speech and to be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath. I’m not even close to perfect, so even though I might have prayed that, sometimes I still end up digging a hole with my words.
We don’t have to live our lives constantly digging deep pits or starting raging fires with our words. We can live day by day seeking to speak words that are seasoned with salt.
By seeking God for wisdom and guidance on what to say, how to say it and when to say nothing at all.
Imagine if only there were more peacemakers in the world how different our world might be…
Let’s seek to live peaceably with those around us one sprinkle of salt on our words at a time.