by Latricia C. Bailey
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Colossians 4:6 (NIV)
People often say it’s not only what you say that matters, but how you say something. That old adage about, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a lie. Words help, words heal, and words can hurt too. If you don’t believe me, then believe the Word of God. We will all face His judgment in order to leave this life and enter into Heaven. It will hurt more than you can imagine if the Lord says, “Depart from Me, I never knew you!” These words won’t just hurt, but they will determine your final fate in eternity.
Don’t take a chance and think that God may change His mind and let you into Heaven solely on your good deeds. We are required to work out our salvation while still on earth, and our words make a difference. The Bible tells us that we have the power of death and life in our tongues. That means our words do matter. Even if you still think words don’t hurt, Paul talks about letting the words you say be, “always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Col. 4:6 (NIV). We are called to be the salt of the earth. Life is so much better when you add a little salt and grace to it. So speak well of yourself and speak well of others.