“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
Is it possible to always speak right? The Bible says yes to that question, but the real question is “how?” How can we speak words seasoned with grace, even when we’ve been hurt, insulted, or angered? Is it possible to consistently speak the right things? These are valid questions that we all have at some point in our journey.
However, if the Bible instructs us to always speak words seasoned with grace, then it is definitely possible. Here’s how:
1. Continuously submit your heart and tongue to God for deep cleansing. We need His grace for everything supernatural, and the exercise fails if we fail to submit to God.(James 4:7)
2. Resist the devil and consciously make an effort to not give in to spontaneous outbursts. Take a moment to resist the urge to speak unruly words and submit your heart and tongue to the Lord. So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20.
3. Saturate your heart with God—His word, His presence, and His people. Constantly surrounding yourself with these has a way of renewing your heart and enduing you with grace. (Josh 1:8)
4. Be mindful of the things you watch, the company you keep, and the music you listen to. Being tightly knit with the things of the world means you begin to adopt their ways and preferences unconsciously, which can show in your words and actions. James 4:4 says “…Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
Remember, it is possible to always speak words seasoned with grace.
Father, teach me to submit to you and to reflect your instructions in everything I do, even in my words. Help me to be a witness that your word can be adhered to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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