This week, on Woven, we wrap up our Grace series by discussing what it means for grace to flow out of us to others. We’ve talked about receiving and accepting grace from God and how to practice giving grace to ourselves; the overflow of that acceptance and sustenance should be fruitfulness. Grace should flow from God to us to others. One of the verses we flesh out is Colossians 4:6 concerning gracious speech. Paul calls us to have gracious speech, seasoned with salt.
Salt gets a bad rap these days but, historically, salt was pivotal in the development of civilization. Before the times of refrigeration, salt was used to preserve food and to prevent decay. Thousands of years ago, salt was a ton more valuable than gold. It was also used in the wound care process before modern medicine. So, when Paul call us in Colossians to have gracious speech that is seasoned with salt, he is calling us to speak words in our relationships that:
*prevent decay, not cause it
*preserve relationships, not destroy them
*heal, not wound
Man, can you imagine if this really was how we spoke words to others? So much more valuable than gold…
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Proverbs 25:11
To hear more of our discussion on extending grace to others, take a listen to Woven Episode 14.