What Does Colossians 4:6 Mean?

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:6(ISV)

Verse Thoughts

It was the Lord Jesus about Whom it was said, no man ever spoke like this man and it was the Lord Jesus who spoke in spirit and truth. Jesus only said what He heard the Father say and He only did as the Spirit of God instructed Him.

Some people think this showed that Christ was less than God. NEVER! He is co-equal with the Father and in every respect, but while on earth the Lord Jesus subjected Himself to the will of the Father. He did this to demonstrate that a man that who is subject to the Holy Spirit will walk and talk in accordance to the will of God.

The words of Christ were gracious and seasoned with salt. He spoke the truth in love but did not compromise His speech or language. Like Christ our speech should always be gracious and seasoned with salt.

Words that come out from our mouth have their source in the thoughts of our hearts. When our heart is properly focused on the Lord, in fellowship with the Father, and being led by the Spirit, our words will be gracious and seasoned with salt. The will be gracious words but truthful words. They will not be designed to embarrass or hurt, ridicule or humiliate others but will speak the truth in love.

We can never learn how to speak as unto the Lord by a 12-step programme designed by man; train ourselves to always say the right thing; try to copy the words that other people speak, or even parrot the words of the Lord Jesus Himself. But a life that is lived seeking the Lord with all their heart - a life that is submitted to the leading of the Holy Spirit– a life lived with ears open to hear His Word and eyes open to see His truth will be a life that speaks the truth in love – with gracious speech and are seasoned with salt.

My Prayer

Loving Father my speech is not always gracious or seasoned with salt. Through You Spirit I pray that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart is always acceptable to you so that I only say that which is pleasing to You, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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