Colossians 4:6 (NKJ) says that our words should be seasoned with salt. Salt has two primary purposes: it preserves and it adds flavour. This means that our speech should preserve and bring health to all who hear it. It should bring life to the soul, not destroy, harm or upset.
This is very hard to do if what's in your heart is negative, bitter, angry or jealous. James says, 'You cant draw fresh water from a salty spring' (James 3:12 NLT) - in other words, you can't fake what's in your heart. It's not just a question of learning to say the right things; it's about that right attitude going all the way down to the core.
Words are powerful. A single person can impact someone's entire life with a throwaway comment such as 'you dont know what you're talking about'. If we have a low opinion of ourselves, it's easy to feel our words have no effect and that no one listens. But in truth, whatever you think about yourself, your words will have an impact on others. Watch your words carefully!
So what now? Keep a mental check of the words you speak today, and whether they're spoken thinking about other people's best interests.
SoulFood: Gen 28:1 - 30:24, John 15:5-17, Ps 14, Pr 31:22-24
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd