Seasoned

I simply love cooking… it’s a joy especially when serving others and watching them relish it while wiping out the dishes!  However, I do have my bad days when things don’t quite turn out the way they should.  Using different brands of salts is one of the hardest aspects of cooking as some brands are not strong in flavour.  When the amount of salt is insufficient in the food, the flavours – no matter what herb or spice or condiments are used – are not brought out properly.  There is a saying in my mother tongue (Tamil) that is translated more or less like this:  “Food without salt is in the garbage” – i.e. is meant for the garbage.  In essence food lacking salt is tasteless and pointless.

“Seasoned” with salt is an important part of a good meal – and also of our conversations as believers!

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone – Colossians 4:6

Often we embrace the grace that God extends to us perhaps even to the extent of repetitively willfully sinning.  However, we become hypocrites in extending grace to the other.  Instead, we quickly judge, condemn and put down the other.  If we had truly accepted the grace that God gives, grace that is freely given out of His love for us and not because of our works, wouldn’t we extend it to those around us?  We want God to be patient with us but we push out another in a jiffy…. The institutional church sadly is no better.

However the Bible makes it clear to us that our conversation should be always full of grace, seasoned with salt.  We saw above the need of salt to season food… it enhances or rather brings out the flavour of the ingredients.

  • Are our conversations seasoned with salt to bring out grace? 

On the other hand, salt is used to preserve food items.  Apparently salt has antibacterial, antiseptical and anti-histhamine properties.  Hence we see salt brings out flavours and has the capacity to preserve food.

On the other hand, salt is used to preserve food items.  Apparently salt has antibacterial, antiseptical and anti-histhamine properties.  Salt water is used to gurgle to cure a sore throat..  When applied to an open wound it surely stings that area before healing it.  The rest of the body will of course momentarily feel the sting too as all parts of the body are affected when one part gets affected.  However, the rest of the body doesn’t experience the ‘surgery’ as much as the wound.

Salt brings out flavours, has the capacity to preserve food and has healing powers working with the specific area(s) but not traumatising the whole body.

  • Which areas of your life is God pouring salt onto (directly or through someone else)?  
  • How are you responding to it?
  • Are you trying to brush the salt away or are you allowing the burning so that you would be made whole?

Jesus tells us — His believers —

“You are the salt of the earth.

  • What does it mean to be the salt of the earth?  
  • Where do you stand today in regards to being so?  How are you allowing God to use Him as His salt vessel?

Jesus continues this statement with a “but”…

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 by men” – Matthew 5:13

If we lose our saltiness, the characteristic of being a believer – can we become a believer again?  If we leave aside the ways of God and turn to the ways of the world, can we enter heaven if Jesus was to suddenly come this moment?

  • What is your level of saltiness today?  
  • Have you lost your saltiness, the flavour of being God’s child and thus fit to be thrown out and trampled by men?

It is impossible

for those who have once been enlightened, 

who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 

who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age,  

if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, 

because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace – Hebrews 6:4-6

Jesus also says this…

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? 

Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” – Mark 9:50

To be able to be salt, we need to ensure we preserve the saltiness – the flavour that comes through God…    This calls for us to be at peace with another.  Note that He says to have salt in yourselves and to be at peace with each other after having warned that salt cannot be made salty again!

  • How can your conversation be full of grace and seasoned with salt?

But encourage one another daily,as long as it is called Today,

so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness – Hebrews 3:13

We are called to encourage not discourage or condemn the other… yet we need to encourage one another so that we are not hardened by sin’s deceitfulness as sin is deceitful… Yet again, we need to watch out for grace.. that just as much as God has extended grace to us, we need to extend it to the other…   We encourage other not to make us feel superior but with the desire to build each other up.  This desire will show up as love poured out into actions of help in other areas of each others lives as well.  We are to be at peace with each other (as long as it depends on us).

How often are our conversations be full of grace?  ALWAYS!  Ouchhh now that’s tough!  But are you up for the challenge?

It’s possible if you truly have experienced God’s grace!

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