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PostSubject: Conversations: Either Constructive or Destructive   Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:01 am

“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.” (Col. 4:6 NRSV)

Conversation is an essential part in human relationships. We can pour out our innermost feelings through sharing them to our dear ones. We can tell them of our problems, encourage them, teach them, congratulate them and do many more good things through speaking. Yes, the ability to speak is an important blessing given to man. Even our one little but good word can bring drastic changes that can lead many to blessings.

Speech can also be destructive. So we need to be cautious what words we speak. It is true that if we comfort someone who has failed terribly in a job, he can be encouraged to try it again in a better way. But if we tell the same person, “Look, that particular task was not meant for you. May be some other job is waiting to be done by you”, then understandably that person will never ever get the mood to try again the work he had failed to complete.

In today’s 21st century, thousands and thousands need people who can talk good things to them. Understand that it is not just the person talking but the person listening too experiences the effects of the words spoken. We should never underestimate the importance of speech. Its effect and result is powerful.

So we need to exit from people whose speeches are destructive. Today people take unimportant talking so lightly saying that it is all for fun. But that temporary fun will reap terrible consequences. The first thing that gets affected by speech is the heart. Naturally the whole life gets affected. If we speak and listen to good building-up words we will grow in character and success, but if it is the opposite we will have nothing important in our lives.

The Apostle here teaches us that our speech should always be gracious and seasoned with salt. What does this mean? In other words our speech must be full of grace so that others can find grace in the words we speak. We have received grace from God, now it is our duty to carry that grace and place it before others by reflecting it through our gracious words. Gracious talking always builds up, never breaks down.

A speech seasoned with salt is full of taste. It gives a pleasant feeling to the listeners. Some people speak so unpleasantly that everyone listening will lose their entire good mood. Our speech must be pleasing to the ears of the listener. This does not mean that we must speak whatever he likes to listen. For such a talking can encourage wrong. For instance if we say nice words about gossiping to a person who already gossips, though it will be pleasant to his ears, it is not exactly seasoned with salt. In such a circumstance, a speech seasoned with salt will tell him about the wrong in gossiping.

So let our words be ones that build others up. May God give us His grace to be the ambassadors of His love and care in this world through the words we speak. A speech in accordance with Colossians 4:6 is an important tool that can bring God’s will and purpose to accomplishment in the lives of many. Realize that one single word spoken can either bring destruction or bring goodness.

We live in an era when the media has very badly affected the lives of many especially youngsters through the words they hear in television programmes etc. Thousands watch such programmes for temporary entertainment. But little do they realize that it affects their character, thinking, feelings and emotions. May our inner eyes be opened so that we take care and choose to watch only good television programmes.

It may take time for a speech’s consequence to occur. But it is certain to happen. So let us wait patiently to see the results of the good words we speak. Words are not just voices coming out from the mouth; they are the agents of either blessing or curse. Are you an expert in language and grammar? Then be also an expert in Colossians 4:2. Are you weak in talking correctly, do not worry, if the motive behind your speech is good, it is powerful than those who use great words in their talks.

May the good Lord enable each one of us to use our tongues for the welfare and blessing of those around us.
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