Colossians 4:6 tells us, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” In this verse, Paul says to season your conversations with salt, which may strike us as an odd statement when we first read it. What does Paul mean by this? This statement actually would mean two things to the original readers; seasoning something with salt adds flavor, and salt is also compared with truth. Paul is saying, “Listen, season your conversations with salt, season them with truth, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
For some of us, truth can sometimes be the most difficult part of a conversation, particularly when it’s someone we care about and it’s something we know they aren’t going to want to hear. But for others of us, truth comes easy to us in coversations and we aren’t afraid to share it, but it is the “full of grace” part that can trip us up. However, as Christ-followers, we are directed to speak in both truth and grace in all our conversations. We hold tight to the truths that we know from Scripture, while also recognizing that we have been given boundless grace by our Heavenly Father, so we are to impart that grace to others in our words and actions.
Discussion/Reflection Question: Do you struggle more with speaking truth or speaking with grace in your conversations? Be intentional and mindful of this key verse throughout your conversations throughout the day and see how it impacts your words.