Potato Chips! Many of us like potato chips. You open a bag, reach in and pull one out, maybe 2, or even a handful. The instant you put one in your mouth, it leads to the next, and if not careful you could end up eating the whole bag before you know it. The amount of salt on the chip is seasoned just enough to make you want more and more. You find yourself wanting water.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” Matthew 5:13
Salt has multiple purposes/uses. Salt can be used to enhance flavor, preserve/preventing spoiling or going bad, melt hard ice, purifies and softens, prevents infections in a wound. Do you know that if someone applies too much salt, it can be harmful: causing high blood pressure or heart issues, or even deadly?
“What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.” Proverbs 18:21
Our words can be like salt that is seasoned just right. They can preserve the truth of God through our interactions with people around us, add flavor of Christ, add value, melt hard hearts, be soft and pure, and bring healing. On the flip side, adding too much or none at all may cause sour relationships, add coldness in the atmosphere, be harsh or impure, cause pain or infection, or be added to the wrong dish causing it to taste nasty.
How are you doing with the words you speak? Are they preserving/preventing the world from going bad or are they destroying and bringing people down?
Do you use any salt at all to season your words?
Do you shake the salt jar too much, hoping the lid hasn’t fallen off allowing your words to be harmful or maybe even deadly?
Do you use just a dash, speaking too little because you’re fearful you may hurt someone’s feelings?
Do you use just the right amount providing healing, purifying someone, melting the harden heart, adding flavor, preserving the relationship?
The next time you pick up a bag of potato chips, put one in your mouth and ask yourself if your words are seasoned/salted like a chip, drawing people to continue wanting more of your words.