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Post  Admin on Sat 07 Sep 2013, 7:40 pm

THE VALUE OF SALT
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that 
you may know how to answer everyone.
Colossians 4:6


At the end of His Beatitudes, Jesus stated that His followers were to be 
salt and light in the world. Salt was highly valued in the ancient world for 
four
special qualities:


list of 4 items
1. Its purity - glistening white and coming from the sun and the sea, it was 
the most primitive of all offerings to the gods. If we are to be salt, we
must be an example of purity. In the world, efforts to lower standards of 
honesty, diligence in work, conscientiousness and morality are going on all 
the
time. The Christian must be the person who holds aloft the standard for 
purity of speech, conduct and thought. Words cannot be effective unless 
backed
up by pure living.
2. It was inexpensive but precious - Christians may seem few, insignificant 
and of no consequence to society. In
1 Corinthians 1:26-31,
Paul addressed the early church with the concept that though few in numbers, 
lowly and unimportant, Christians are called to exercise godly influence 
over
the whole of society.
3. As a preservative to keep meat from going bad - salt rubbed into meat 
slowed the rotting process. Christians whose lives exhibit “blessedness” 
will
have a preserving impact upon a society that, if left to itself, will rot 
and deteriorate. In
Judges 9:45,
Abimelech, after defeating the city of Shechem destroyed it and scattered 
salt all over it. Spiritually, this is what the Christian does when he takes
his stand for God in society. He makes that society, be it his friends in 
school, his fellow students at college, his co-workers, or those with whom 
he
plays sports, less fertile soil for other ungodly influences. We too can 
have a preserving witness, by being involved with this world gone wrong, if 
we
will pay the price.
4. To season food - salt brings out the distinctive flavor of food. The 
increase of God’s people should increase the flavor of life in many 
different ways.
By His very presence, Jesus raised the spirits of people. There was a 
quality about His life that could not be explained in natural terms. As our 
verse
for today says, our speech especially should be seasoned with salt. In this 
context Paul also talks about not grieving the Holy Spirit. Since speech is
linked to a person’s spiritual state and has tremendous potential for 
building up or tearing down (
James3:3-12) ,
the constant reminder is to watch not only what is allowed to come forth but 
how it comes.
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By our presence, participation and penetration of society, in our daily 
contacts in our neighborhood and community, we are to bring the flavor of 
Christ
to an unbelieving world.


RESPONSE: Today I will check my conversation and be sure I season it with 
the salt of purity.


PRAYER: Lord, forgive me when I grieve Your Holy Spirit by what I do and 
what I say and how I say it.
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