Where Is The Salt?

Where Is The Salt?
Author: Pat Aman

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

What is it about salt? And how do I season speech with it? Gracious speech is sweet, yet Paul says to season it with salt.

Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

If you go to one of our daughter’s home, you will find every kind of special salt. Himalayan salt you will find. Sea salt you will find. But forget about just regular old salt.

And I will not even get into, no Sugar, no Crisco Shortening.

Now you will find a butter called Ghee, or a coconut butter or shortening, but normal stuff, forget it.

Now she does have spices, yes, all the organic spices in the world. And I have learned to cook at her house using these items.

I did find out that using coconut shortening on your turkey at Thanksgiving makes the brownest sweetest tasting turkey.

But, back to the salt.

I have had to learn to measure out the correct amount of salt that she has in her house. Because you can put a little to much Himalayan-salt before you realize and when I did, there was no saving that meal. Not even by adding potatoes to the pot. But the salt added correctly, the meal had a robust taste.

We know that salt carries all the other flavors to a new level of palatability. It brings a wonderful balance to whatever we maybe cooking.

Take out the salt in any recipe and there’s something vital missing.

Let’s think about it for a second. What is it about salt? By itself, salt doesn’t taste so great. It’s too strong. Yet add it to the recipe and its power becomes the very thing which brings life to the food.

I think salt is that one Spice of God’s truth that enhances, preserves and strengthens us.

What about the words that come from our mouths?

Speech seasoned with salt will encourage or warn, it will impart life and prevent decay from setting in, or stop it in its tracks.

Think about back before the ice boxes, refrigerator, and freezers. People cured their meat with salt. They were able to hang their meat in smoke houses, and cellars as long as it was salted, which kept the meat from decaying.

When I watched my Mawmaw Wade making butter out of the sweet cream that rose to the top of cow’s milk, she always added a little salt. It was just the right amount to keep that sweet taste of butter, but enhanced the flavor of the butter.

Salt is vital to life and salted speech is too.

As children of our Heavenly Father, we need to be “salty” in a world that is falling apart from the decay of sin.

Our message is sweet. God forgives, He loves, He brings eternal life. Yet these wonderful truths exist in an awful context of death and decay which we must not ignore by only speaking graciously. We must add salt.

Do you add the correct amount of salt to your vocabulary?

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