Seasoning is a process in cooking which adds flavor to the prepared dish. Seasoning can be of different types based on the main ingredient used for seasoning. They are: saline seasoning, acidic seasoning, hot seasoning, saccharine seasoning. In Colossians chapter 4, Paul talks about the ways of a Christian master. When he was discussing about the standard for his speech he uses the word seasoning. Here is the verse, ‘Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man’.
Grace is a noun meaning, ‘courteous good will’. When grace is put into action the person is gracious. From the view point of a Christian, God was gracious to him/her. Gracious means merciful, forgiving, compassionate, kind, forbearing, mild, soft-hearted.
How can one be gracious in their speech?
Eph 4:29 says, ‘Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers’. This verse teaches us how words show grace to the hearers. All we have to do is, two things:
- Refrain from corrupt words: Words that are dishonest, deceitful, amoral, untrustworthy should be avoided.
- Use words of edification: Constructive words will build up a lowly being. Destructive words will intensify the negativity of the situation. But those words that edify will help the hearer to improve.
We can follow these two rules to ensure that our speech will give grace to everyone who hears it. If we start following this rule then all our conversations will overflow with grace. This will add flavor to the relationships and enhance the life of the hearers.