From the 2005 Journal . . .
This verse from St. Paul, Colossians 4:
6Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
A good topic of conversation: What does it mean for one’s conversation to “be always full of grace,” much less “seasoned with salt?” If “grace” means “unmerited favor,” Paul means conversation should have as its end edification, encouragement, admonition, recognizing that each one another deals with human limitations, and as fellow humans we acknowledge one another’s limitations (and imperfections). We all have them!
Since salt is a basic seasoning for food, which makes food appealing, perhaps Paul suggests further that conversation also should be appealing as opposed to unappealing. The more I think about this, I’m impressed that Christians are called to be attractive rather than unattractive. This idea may be a little contrary to traditional leanings, some of which suggest Christians should be ugly as homemade soap (i.e. offensive), and so should everybody else. I don’t think that’s the idea. Especially if Christians should know “how to answer everyone” with graceful words seasoned with the salt of edification, encouragement, and admonition.